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Quick Ways to Insulate Your Home

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Quick Ways to Insulate Your Home Sneade’s Ace Home Center wanted to give homeowners quick and cost effective ways to make a big impact on insulating their homes. Most homes stand to have areas where insulation can assist in more comfort and lower electric bills. Seal the Cracks Take a look at this quick video showing you the best way to seal cracks and gaps around your house. Insulation is Easy Insulating your attic, crawlspace or unfinished wall may seem daunting but most homeowners are capable of insulating their homes. Using pre-cut or rolled fiberglass insulation to insulate between studs is a great way to insulate your home from the outdoor elements. Safety To protect your skin and eyes, grab a jeans, a long sleeve shirt, goggles, and gloves. Tools Your simple tool list will consist of a razor knife, measuring tape, a 3-4” putty knife and a straight edge. Installation

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Help Birds Survive the Winter

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Help Birds Survive the Winter Winters in the Chesapeake region are unpredictable for certain. Heavy wind and rain, sleet and snow, coupled with fluctuating temperatures create challenging outdoor living situations, especially for non-migratory birds. While birds are very well equipped to survive on their own, studies have shown that birds with access to bird feeders and birdhouses survive at a higher rate. Additionally, ornithologists have suggested that amateur bird-watching and feeding is a beneficial hobby for humans as well. Here are some tips to help birds survive the winter. Ensure Seed is Accessible and Dry If the food in the feeder becomes soggy and wet, it will sprout or even become moldy. This could make birds sick. Choose hopper and tube feeders to protect seed from wet weather. Make sure you sweep snow off of platform feeders. You can even clear a space on the ground and scatter seeds for

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3 Alternative Ways to Heat Your Home

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3 Alternative Ways to Heat Your Home Here in the Chesapeake region winter weather is unpredictable, to say the least. From sunny, balmy days to blustery, frigid ones, you can never tell what the week will bring. And, while this may seem pleasant, unless you genuinely plan for it, it can take a toll on your energy costs. However, there are other methods for keeping your house toasty during a cold snap that won’t break the bank. Here are three alternative ways to heat your home this winter. In fact, these systems can be used in conjunction with your home’s HVAC. Utilize them in heat losing spaces like your garage or basement, together they create an optimal home heating system. Kerosene Heater Portable kerosene heaters can supply homeowners with temporary heat during a power outage or be used to warm up a room without the expense of heating the entire

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4 Reasons Why to Choose Wood Pellets

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Considered more convenient, Pellet fuel appliances are significantly more efficient versus a traditional fireplace or wood burning stove. Wood Pellets are considered the cleanest solid fuel and is widely used in our Anne Arundel and Calvert County homes. Compared to traditional wood, Pellets produce very little air pollution. Compared to heating oil and propane, Pellets are almost half the current market prices. Price upfront Pellet stoves are not as costly as you may think. The typical installation cost between $1500 and $3000. Typically, this price is less than a traditional wood burning stove and drastically less expensive compared to installing a fireplace, chimney , and flue. The investment of installing a Pellet stove can be recouped in as soon as one season. Afterward, conservative estimates show that a Wood Pellet Stove can produce a return on your investment of up to 49% annually. Environment According to the EPA the efficiency

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Things to Think About When a Big Storm is Coming

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Enjoy the beauty of mother nature after the big storm by being prepared.  Southern Maryland is one of the most beautiful places on earth when we are blessed with a fresh coat of snow.  Unfortunately the storms that bring us this beauty can be fierce and can catch us off guard.  The Experts at Sneade’s have come up with some tips on how to stay safe and comfortable with your family during a storm. Check your HVAC system.  Now is the time to take a look at your heating and air conditioning system.  Make sure to Change Your Filter!  Cold weather for several days can put a strain on your system and many break down on the coldest of days. You do not want to be the 43rd in line to have a repairman come out during a polar vortex. Stock up on Wood Pellets.  Many homeowners are turning to wood pellets as

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Organize Your Home After the Holidays in 6 Steps

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Organize Your Home After the Holidays in 6 Steps For many of us getting more organized seems to be a part of every New Year’s Resolution. For some reason every year this goal tends to go by the wayside. Getting your home in order after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season always feels like such a chore. But, what if we told you that you could organize your home after the holidays in 6 steps? That sounds reasonable, right? The real key is breaking it down into smaller tasks. That way, you do not get overwhelmed. With a minimal monetary and time investment, you could finally make this year the year you get it done! Here are those six steps to organize your home after the holidays. Shelving for Your Storage Space The first step to getting organized is ensuring the space you store your items is neat

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Top 5 “Can’t” Miss” Business Gifts

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Top 5 “Can’t” Miss” Business Gifts Deals Valid November 1 thru December 24th Make it a Holiday they’ll never forget. From your employees to your customers, Sneade’s Ace Home Center has a selection of gifts to fit any budget. We can make business gift giving easy with the top brands you know and trust. Here are your TOP 5 “Can’t Miss” Business Gift Recommendations! YETI: Our best-selling business gift, YETI tumblers and coolers keep coffee hot and ice frozen for anyone braving the great outdoors or corporate jungle. GRILLING: Office foodies will be delighted with our selection of grills and accessories. 3. Tools: We’ve got the best offering of tools to please the hardest working employees. 4. ELECTRONICS: Everyone will get a charge out of a portable battery booster. 5. GIFT CARDS: Give them the gift they really want – the thrill of shopping at their favorite Sneade’s Ace Home

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Holiday Decorating Tips for the Whole House

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Holiday Decorating Tips for the Whole House We agree with Andy Williams that this is indeed “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” We all love decking the halls, hosting parties, caroling, cooking and baking, shopping for gifts for friends and family, and anything that has to do with making the holidays merry. Here are some great holiday decorating tips for the whole house. So, gather your family and friends. All of these ideas are family friendly. Plus, they offer you the opportunity for creating a fun night crafting holiday cheer. Kitchen Mason Jar Floating Candles A fun and inexpensive craft for the whole family. Place these on counters, windowsills, and tables. They add rustic charm and a cozy feel to everyone’s favorite room in the house. Gingerbread Men Garland Super cute, easy to make, plus they smell great. This Gingerbread Men garland is a fun group craft. Cookie Cutter

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Squirrel Proofing Tips, Whether You Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em

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Squirrel Proofing Tips, Whether You Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em Squirrels. Most folks either love ’em or hate ’em. They are clever, relentless and can become an nuisance when trying to feed the birds. In fact, many people may become disenchanted when feeding birds because squirrels can be so destructive. They have voracious appetites and will eat their way through all of your birdseed within hours. But, we have a few squirrel proofing tips that will dissuade squirrels from feasting at your bird feeders. You may even learn to love their antics! Just the Facts, Ma’am! We feel that knowledge is power. One of your best defensive tools is learning what you can do about these furry critters. Tail or Sail? Eastern Grey Squirrels are famous for their leaping skills. They can jump over large open spaces and land safely with grace and agility. The explanation for this balance is

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Tips to Help Birds Survive the Winter

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Tips to Help Birds Survive the Winter Winters in the Chesapeake region are unpredictable for certain. Heavy wind and rain, sleet and snow, coupled with fluctuating temperatures create challenging outdoor living conditions, especially for non-migratory birds. While birds are very well equipped to survive on their own, studies have shown that birds with access to bird feeders and birdhouses survive at a higher rate. Additionally, ornithologists have suggested that amateur bird-watching and feeding is a beneficial hobby for humans as well. Here are some tips to help birds survive the winter. Ensure Seed is Accessible and Dry If the food in the feeder becomes soggy and wet, it will sprout or even become moldy. This could make birds sick. Choose hopper and tube feeders to protect seed from wet weather. Make sure you sweep snow off of platform feeders. You can even clear a space on the ground and scatter

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