The Benefits of Automated Irrigation Systems

Many home owners are under the wrong impression that using the hose “like their father did” to water the lawn is more cost efficient than installing an automated irrigation system. On the contrary, installing automated irrigation systems in CT is an effective way to reduce your water costs, prevent uneven watering and keep your lawn healthier. Additionally, installing an efficient irrigation system can also increase the value of your property and save you time.These are the top 3 problems solved by installing an automated irrigation system:

 

Lower your water bill

When you have your automated irrigation / sprinkler system installed by a professional, you ensure that:

  • Water is distributed efficiently through the nozzles.
  • Only areas that need water, receive it. (Your sidewalk does not need watering)
  • Your lawn is watered during the ideal times by installing a timer. For instance, watering early in the morning prevents much of the evaporation and distribution by air.

All of the above adds to significant savings on your water bill over the years.

 

Prevents uneven watering

When we install irrigation systems, we spend a good amount of time planning the layout so that the radius of each nozzle distributes the water where it needs to go and does so evenly, preventing over or under-watering. While designing such a layout, we take into account any slopes, along with other factors, which may cause water to flow and not get properly absorbed into the soil.

While it is possible to achieve even watering with a hose, it is time consuming and not as reliable as a programmed sprinkler.

 

Healthy lawn

Like most ailments, prevention is much less costly than the cure. If you water and care for your lawn properly, you are much less likely to have to spend on replacing it or to bring it back to life. When using a hose to water your lawn, you risk the chance of uneven watering as described above. Besides causing your water to be used inefficiently, it also can case the soil to not retain nutrients, and therefore wither. A professionally-installed sprinkler system can help ensure that your soil and thus your lawn continue to be healthy.

 

Additional benefits

In addition to reducing the cost of your water bills and keeping your lawn healthy, the right automated irrigation system can help increase the value of your home, as well as save you time.  Most new home buyers today are expecting a home with amenities like the irrigation system. They are not looking to spend 2 – 5 hours a week watering their home with a hose, and that is most likely the time you would like to get back into your life as well!

 

The benefits listed above can be achieved by having a professional install your irrigation system. If you venture to do it with a company that is not experienced in this, you may miss out on these benefits and end up paying more in the long run. To get a quote today, please call us at 203-629-8050.

5 Holiday Safety Tips For Your Family

With the Holidays around the corner, it is important to remind your family of safety. During the Holidays, we are more likely to get distracted with family coming into town, kids off from school and food preparation. Combined with lighting and decorations, it can be a recipe for disaster.
Here are five ways you can help ensure that your family is safe this season:
1. Clear up the clutter. The more loose objects there are laying around, the more likely something can catch fire or trip a relative.
2. Keep it fresh. If you are purchasing a Christmas tree this season, purchase a fresh one and be sure to continue watering it. Fresh, watered trees are less likely to catch fire.
3. Electrical safety. Do not connect a multi-plug extension cord to another one as it can cause your fuse to blow or an electrical fire to spark.
4. Lights. Be sure to turn off your lights when you leave the home or are going to sleep to avoid a surge.
5. Alarms. Be sure to check all smoke detectors to ensure they are working as well as your home alarm.

Going over these simple tips with your family can save you some grief this Holiday season. Have a great season!

Designing Your Outdoor Lighting For The Holidays

Whether you are decorating your home for the first time or are simply looking for a change, remember that “less is more”. Understandably, if you have children or are a kid at heart, you may go a little beyond the simplistic look and add a snowman or two, but the following tips will get you started.

Start with the entrance.

The door is the literal gateway to your home as well as the essential design starting point. It should look inviting, while not overbearing. If you have rails on your steps, it is customary and charming to wrap lit garlands on the guardrails of the stairs or balconies, and place a wreath on the door. In some cases, you may be able to put the wreath above the door. While some prefer their wreaths lit, depending on the house, a small unlit wreath can add a more natural look.

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Accenting the homes best features.

Putting string lights under the lip of the roof can create a great outline, which lights up the rest of the home quite well. This is where “less is more” can be used quite effectively and help you save on the energy bill. Putting up these types of lights should be left to a professional as it can be dangerous if done improperly.

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The windows can also be accented to create a peaceful look. Some choose to do so with electrical candles on the inside, which can serve the dual purpose of creating a pleasant atmosphere in the home. If you opt out of lighting up the windows, you risk giving your home an almost-spooky look at night.

There is still time to add last-minute landscape lighting to your home for the Holidays. Request a quote today by calling us at 203-629-8050.

Outdoor Holiday Lighting Done Properly

Landscape lighting is rarely more fun than during the Holiday season. However, it can also be dangerous, especially if you leave it for last minute when ice, snow, and gusty winds create an unbearable atmosphere on the roof.

Here are a few tips for decorating safely and wisely:

Save Energy – Use LEDs

Due to the lighting decorations and heat, the Holiday season is known for high energy bills. Using LED lights and decorations instead of incandescent lights can save you up to 80% on lighting. They use less energy, are also safer, and are much less likely to blow a fuse or start a fire.

 

Ladder Safety

Although we strongly suggest you hire a professional, if you must go up on a ladder, use these tips:

  1. Keep your ladder at a safe 75 degree angle.
  2. Ensure that your ladder is on a dry surface.
  3. Be sure that you are not alone. Have a responsible adult spot you at the bottom of the ladder.
  4. Always have your two feet and at least one hand on the ladder. One can lose balance within a matter of seconds, so don’t take both hands off the ladder if you can help it.
  5. Look where you’re going to avoid power lines, icicles, and more.

 

Avoid Wet Areas

It may seem obvious to not leave a plug near an area that may get wet. Many of us don’t think about it as the area may be dry right now. It is important to consider whether an area can get wet in the future and if so, to not use a plug there. Furthermore, cover all exposed plugs with electrical tape.

 

We are happy to make your home safe and look charming. For outdoor Holiday lighting or other landscape lighting needs, give us a call at 203-629-8050.