Janice Walker | Marshfield Real Estate, Duxbury Real Estate, Scituate Real Estate


Changing your furnace air filter at the right time is vital when it comes to the quality of your indoor air. However, choosing the right furnace filter might be confusing because there are lots of options in the market. Therefore, consider the factors below before you purchase a furnace air filter.

Consider the type of HVAC unit 

The first step towards getting the right furnace air filter is that you need to know the kind of your HVAC unit. You should note that high-efficiency HVAC unit that is modern will require an air filter size that is different from that of the older ones. Before shopping for a new air filter, note the model number as well as the size of the old one. 

Take note of the medical requirement and specific allergy

You may need an air filter with a higher level of filtration if you or your family members suffer from asthma or allergies. So, look for an air filter that posses this level of superior performance to safeguard your health and that of your family.

Consider the climate 

Mold and mildew problems are common in humid weather. When you live in an area that is hot or cold, you are likely to run your HVAC unit more than those in a temperate region, and there will be a need to replace your air filter regularly. All these factors should influence your choice when picking the right air filter. 

Local air condition 

The quality of outdoor air is essential when choosing an air filter. It has a significant impact on the efficiency rating requirement of your furnace air filter. Those living in a heavily polluted area or those that do not live close to a city where the air is fresh and less polluted need to consider this factor. These categories of people must make think about the quality of their indoor air when next they are replacing their air filter.

Presence of pets

Pets are friendly and a source of joy to many, but they can contaminate the air in the home with hair and pet dander. If you have pets at home, look for air filters that are ideal for homes having pets.

Once you consider the following factors, it will be straightforward to choose the right air filter from the overwhelming options available. By so doing, you are making sure that you and your family members are safe from any cough, asthma, allergies and any other health issues that an old or incorrect air filter can cause.


Sheen, in the paint world, is the level of gloss or shine in the paint product. The more gloss paint has, the shinier it is and the more washable the surface. So, different sheens work better in some regions of your home. Finding the right shine depends on your project and location.

Types of sheen

  • Flat, also called matte, glosses work best in lower-traffic areas where walls are less likely to gather fingerprints, smudges or scrapes. Matte has almost no shine and works best on bigger walls such as living rooms, master and guest bedrooms, and formal dining rooms. Because it does not reflect as much light, a flat finish may hide minor imperfections and repairs.
  • Ceiling flat is a paint specially designed to paint ceilings. These paints have a flat finish but are more splatter-resistant and work well to hide imperfections in the ceiling. Some ceiling paints also have a temporary colorant (often purple or pink) to help you see any missed areas as you paint the ceiling. As the paint dries, the color disappears, leaving behind a smooth white surface.
  • Eggshell, sometimes called kids’ room paints, have slightly more sheen than flat paints which makes them more washable. Such paint finishes hold up to a bit of scrubbing and work well in children’s rooms, family rooms, and entryways and other areas where touching walls is more likely.
  • Satin finishes are another step up the sheen ladder. While not as shiny as a semi-gloss or gloss, satin finishes are easy to clean and can be an excellent choice for nearly any room where easy clean up is a necessity.
  • Semi-gloss paints are very durable. Often used in moist areas such as bathrooms, semi-gloss wipes down very quickly with a simple sponge or cloth. Walls painted with semi-gloss paint repel water, so walls above the shower stall, for instance, are less prone to mold or mildew. Semi-gloss paints also work well in laundry rooms where you can just dust off the dryer lint without damaging or marring the paint. Semi-gloss also works well for trim along doors and windows, giving that extra light-reflections combined with easy care.
  • High-gloss paints create an especially reflective surface and work nicely on doors, cabinets, shelving, and any area subject to constant use. It is the easiest sheen to clean, gives a beautiful shine, and when properly prepared and applied, lasts a long time.

If you’re unsure which sheen is best for your paint project, chat with a specialist at your local professional paint store. There, you’ll get advice and the proper tools to complete your project and clean up afterward.


No matter what color the rest of your house, utilizing a crisp white paint to trim, augment, or refresh areas of your home can add that shabby chic or authentic standout farmhouse vibe. White comes in dozens of shades with various reflective properties. Here are a few areas to use white and the correct white to get your desired result.

  • Outdoors: No matter if your house is clad with siding, brick or stucco, crisp white trim around the windows and doors, and even on the eaves brightens up everything. Or, think about adding a beautiful white pergola to shade your patio or a white trimmed deck. Or keep the deck au natural but add a chic white farmhouse table and benches. Let it sparkle with bright white fairy lights for a romantic outdoor evening. In the front, the porch pillars and rails enliven the whole entry.
  • Built-ins. Whether they be bookshelves or cabinets, create a lovely monochromatic look with matte white walls and glossy built-ins. Let them seamless blend with a nearby white brick fireplace or pop from a contrasting statement wall. Add drama to the look with white sculptures, vases, and candlesticks.
  • Freestanding bookshelves also lend themselves to a semi-gloss white for drama or a sleek satin finish to give it that ultramodern flair.
  • Create a bright white sunroom in soft matte white to create a warm and cozy space. Cover windows with white voile curtains and furnish the room with shabby chic sofas and benches.
  • Give an old bed a new look. Paint a vintage head- and footboard white, then scuff them up to bring on the aged look. Top it off with a white-on-white coverlet and white pillows of various textures for an edgier mix.
  • If your home has alcoves, consider painting the back or sides in a beautiful flat white. The distinction of white nooks against a colored wall lets your display area make a statement.
  • And speaking of display areas, paint a vintage display case white and showcase your family heirlooms.
  • Consider white floating shelves above the sofa or to create a spectacular wall. Shabby chic shelves support antiques well, while pristine modern shelving perfectly captures black and white photos in frames leaning against the wall in stacks.
  • In the kitchen, consider a white marble island paired with ultra-black quartz countertops. Of paint the base white to brighten up the center of the cooking area. If you are renovating cabinets, covering over the dark wood stain with gorgeous semi-gloss white makes a ho-hum kitchen into an inviting open space.
  • Mix a crisp white countertop with white subway tiles, and white cabinets for a truly streamlined look.
  • A different take on white, whitewash is a hint of white on wood that allows the grain to show through. Use this finish to give industrial shelving or shiplap a rustic vibe.
  • Finally, use white on white to make a small bath appear larger. White tile, white counters, white fixtures, and white walls contrasted with bright details makes any bath a welcome sight.

Most any room lends itself to a white makeover, so if you’re looking for a change, try white. If you’re thinking about selling, trimming up with white could be just the clean slate your buyers are looking for, so talk to your real estate professional about it.


Many times the house that people initially buy isn’t the property that will be their forever home. The house could be too big, too small, or not in an ideal location. When you sell your first home, you want to get the most out of your investment. There are so many easy ways that you can upgrade your home for a small amount of money. Any of these upgrades will add value to your home. Read on to find some of the most affordable improvements you can make to your home that will add character and value for you.


Do Something With The Kitchen


While “something” is a bold statement, it’s true. Just about any improvement, you make in your kitchen will give you a great return. Some ideas include:


Change the countertops

Replace the cabinets

Replace the stove

Get a new dishwasher

Install a new floor


There are so many different things that you can do to make a kitchen better. The possibilities are almost endless! The key to any renovation that you do is that you don’t want it to be too styled. Try to aim for improvements that will be timeless. Check out the current trends and see what seems to be a staple in modern homes. Keep in mind that you also have to like whatever it is you’re doing to your home.



Give Your Fireplace A Facelift


Upgrading the fireplaces in your home can be a great project and an excellent way to enhance your home. You can do anything from merely repairing your fireplace relieving it from any cracks. If you’re feeling zealous, you can change the type or face of fireplace you have. Look into switching from a wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace. Change the front of your fireplace from brick to tone. Fireplaces are attractive features in homes that make any space cozy. 


Upgrade The Outdoor Space


An outdoor living space adds a lot to a home. The nice thing about adding outdoor is you can go as big as you want to. If you live in a warm region, an outdoor kitchen is an awesome feature to add on. Put a deck on your house. Construct a patio. Put up a gazebo or permanent screen house. There are so many ways to make outdoor living a possibility.   


Clean Up Your Outdoor Space


Giving the outside of your a once over can be an easy way to upgrade your property. You can power wash your siding. Trim your bushes. Add some more plants and foliage to the landscape. These are all simple, yet practical upgrades to your home that add value and appeal.      




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