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3 Reasons Why Your Home Seems Hotter This Summer

Does summertime have your home feeling like a sweatbox? There may be a reason your home is not cooling as well as it used to, and we are here to tell you what those reasons may be and how you can fix them. Don’t blame the air conditioner for not doing its job — unless you are sure you’re not making its job harder.

1. Your home is not airtight.

In many cases, our homes are not sealed properly, allowing air and heat from the outside to seep in and cool air to seep out freely. Unlike the freedom to design your dream home, the freedom that leads to higher energy bills is not a cause for celebration. Air leaks can occur in roofs, attics, walls, floors, and around the framing of windows and doors — anywhere two surfaces meet and anywhere in between. 

Major trouble spots may require replacing parts of the structure, but smaller leaks can be patched with caulk or weather-stripping. Caulk, a class of flexible compounds pumped out of a caulking gun, is most useful to seal small spaces between stationary building elements. Weatherstripping is preferable for moving building parts, such as doors or operable windows. 

According to, taking steps to air seal your home can save you more than 20 percent on your household’s heating and cooling bills.

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2. Your home has inefficient or outdated windows

Windows have been proven to be a serious contributor to discomfort in the house, especially when they’re outdated or not optimized for your climate. If you still have single-paned windows, it might be an appropriate time to upgrade. Double-paned windows (two layers of glass, sometimes with a layer of nonreactive gas like argon in between), especially those with low-emissivity coatings, have been known to reduce energy costs by 30 to 50 percent. A low-emissivity coating is a metal or metal oxide film applied to the surface of a pane of glass that regulates heat transfer.

Due to a long cold season, South Jersey homeowners will typically want to opt for a low-emissivity coating designed for moderate or high solar gain, as indicated by the window’s solar heat gain coefficient (or SHGC, the fraction of solar radiation permitted through the glass). Such windows are better at trapping heat indoors, which is appreciated in the winter but not so much in mid-summer. To help regulate the heat, utilize window treatments such as shades, blinds, curtains, or drapes. Awnings, trees, and shrubs can assist with shading from the outside.

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3. You have too many electronics running.

Individually, each appliance or electronic device in your home generates heat. Collectively, they can significantly drive up the temperature, making it difficult for your air conditioner to keep up. Power down electronics and appliances as much as possible or find alternatives. For example, grill dinner out on the patio instead of turning on the oven, or read a book in a well-ventilated, naturally-lit area (such as an Eze-Breeze Porch Enclosure) instead of bingeing on television or video games.

Keep cool with Ayars Complete Home Improvements

Whether you’re looking to seal gaps or replace windows to improve energy efficiency, or power down and get some air outside with a shaded outdoor living space, Ayars Complete Home Improvements is committed to preventing you — and your budget — from burning up this summer. Call or use the online form to schedule a free estimate today!

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5 Ways to Open Your Indoors to the Outdoors with Porch Enclosures

Feeling closed off from the outside world? It’s either time to fill out your social planner a bit more or open your home to the natural light and scenery of your immediate surroundings. Ayars Complete Home Improvements offers several solutions to help you integrate your indoors with the outdoors, whether it’s in the form of a major project like a deck, porch, home addition, or something as subtle as a well-placed window or skylight.

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The key to blending indoor and outdoor spaces is to create continuity both visually and in purpose. Every situation is different (we’ve been around nearly 50 years, so we’ve seen a few!), but here are some important considerations. With hundreds of porch enclosure installations under our belt, let’s take a look at some of the best practices for ensuring the best possible results of your very own porch enclosure.


Materials like glass or cost-efficient and durable EZE-Breeze panels eliminate the visual barrier imposed by solid walls, thus connecting the spaces. In addition to their transparency, Eze-Breeze panels are vinyl-glazed porch enclosures, ensuring that, if accidentally pushed or distorted, the panels with revert back to their original shape.

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Whatever material you choose, broadening the connecting porch enclosure to stretch from floor to ceiling creates the sense of your indoor space directly opening to the outside. It is important that the two spaces run parallel to one another so as not to disrupt the effect.

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Decor and style

The flooring material and style should match between the two spaces as close as possible. Furnishings and decor should be complementary to one another within the porch enclosure. This will secure the feeling of being indoors, with the view of being out.

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Shading and lighting

Extending a roof or ceiling draws the eyes out further — and where the eyes go, the feet follow. Once you’re outside, the overhang of a porch enclosure helps shield from the elements. Don’t underestimate the effect of subtle and transitional lighting either — too jarring a shift in the quality or intensity of light can shatter the ambiance.

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Theme and purpose

With every adjacent room in your house, it’s vital to consider harmony in purpose. Your porch enclosure is no exception. For example, outdoor kitchens are a tremendously popular space to celebrate the warmer months, but chefs and grillmasters should have easy access to a pantry storing essential ingredients, tools, and supplies.

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Enhance your outdoor living space

Start enjoying the best of both worlds with Ayars Complete Home Improvements’ EZE-Breeze porch enclosures today.

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Increase Your Home Value with 8 Home Remodeling Ideas

Increase Your Home Value with 8 Home Remodeling Ideas

Did any of your home upgrades pay off when it came time to sell?  There are many things you can change and remodel in your home, but these 7 key home improvements are guaranteed to increase the value of your home.

  1. Remodeling the Kitchen

The kitchen is usually the first room in the house that needs updating.  After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  I’m not sure about you guys, but the hang out spot at my house is usually the kitchen.  Remodeling continues to have the highest budget allocation.


For many families (mine included), this room is where everyone gathers around or entertains their guests.  Holidays, birthdays, a little family get together; this room is definitely utilized the most in a home.  For this reason, you can expect to recoup 60%-120% of investments from remodeling a kitchen, as long as you stay within your budget.


  1. Adding a Bathroom

You can never go wrong with having more than one restroom in your home. This is why you can recoup 80%-130% of investments from adding another bathroom. Most homebuyers will use any room with underutilized space or take an extra room to upgrade it into a master bathroom.


  1. Reinventing a Room

This home improvement can be the most expensive upgrade to a house. Adding more square footage to your home can easily accumulate costs but it can bring you a 50%-83% return on investment.


  1. Adding Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient home improvements not only recoups 60%-90% of investments cost, but it can also reduce energy taxes as well!  When you replace your windows or doors with energy efficient models, you can receive a tax credit and 10% of costs, up to $200.00 per window.


  1. Adding a Deck

Outdoor living spaces, otherwise known as staycations, can significantly increase the value of your home.  As more homeowners are adding decks and patios to their backyards, it instantly becomes more appealing to prospective buyers when the house is for sale.


  1. Energy-Efficient Insulation

It’s about that time everyone has basic insulation installed, otherwise the cost to live in and maintain an unmodified home can be a burden.  Most potential buyers make sure to include this home improvement into their reports.


*One way to ensure your house is well insulated is with the right masonry.


  1. Basic Updates

Making basic updates to your home is a no-brainer.  Making small improvements such as fixing a leaking roof, replacing rotting wood and keeping paint fresh will always add the most value to your home.  A solid and safe home is always appealing to homebuyers.


So if you plan to remodel or make improvements to your home, remember that even the smallest of projects can make a big difference to the value of your home.  Also, focus on making your home safe and energy-efficient because it guarantees lower energy costs in the future.


  1. Flooring

Take a look at your home’s soft flooring. Are your carpets and area rugs stained or worn? Ideally, you may want to replace them all, but if a limited budget puts a snag in that plan, start by replacing the carpet in the room that shows the most wear and tear and replace the others as your finances allow.  Hardwood flooring is also an upsell.  Visually it’s beautiful, and gives such a natural feel to your home.

7 Tips on Building a Mother-in-Law Suite

7 Tips on Building a Mother-In-Law Suite

Mother’s Day is here and it’s a day we give our moms a little extra attention.  But, as our parents age, celebrating mom just one day a year may not be enough.  Luckily here’s a new trend in housing that keeps our parents an active part of the family and the attention they deserve: “mother-in-law” or “in-law” suites.

Mother-in-law suites are whatever you need them to be.  Bed and bath additions to a home, converted rooms, free-standing apartments or in home suites.  What they all have in common is their preferred locations on the ground floor for accessibility and their added sales appeal (generally they increase property value, but by how much depends on the kind of addition you create and can be up to 60%).  The additional space can also be used outside of in-law housing and can be purposed as an office, living space for recuperating relatives or serve as a guest bedroom until you yourself no longer wish to tackle the stairs.

Multigenerational housing is increasing yearly, and professionals agree: it’s best to start thinking of the future of your parents and in-laws (even your own) now rather than when you need to.  They’re perfect for living situations between relatives who want to keep their privacy and save some independence while also feel included in the rest of the household.  If creating these mother-in-law additions seems to be in your future, then consider these seven tips before you build.

  1. Check Building Area Codes

Before you begin, check with your city on building area codes because this can limit what you can do with your addition.  Most zoning rules limit additions to having a bedroom, bath, sitting area and kitchenette.  You can get around the kitchen problem by installing a wet bar or making sure the addition has access to the communal kitchen.  Adding a kitchen or creating a free-standing unit makes it a AUD (affordable swelling unit) which is considered rentable-this makes your home no longer a single-family home and requires separate permits.

  1. Check Your Septic Permit

You don’t really think about it, but if you have a septic tank you also have a permit for it.  There are many rules we often don’t have to think about when it comes to our plumbing, but many septic tanks can only allow for three bathroom connections.  There’s a chance you mayk have to increase the size of your system to allow for an addiction with a bath, which means increased costs to prepare for.

  1. Choose a Location

With the type of space you want to build in mind, it’s time to look around your home for the best place to build or convert.  Permits permitting, you can transform your garage or porch area to an enclosed dwelling.  If you’re looking to create a new addition to your house, look for an area along the first floor next to a room you underutilized and can use a space near and existing bathroom.  If you convert existing rooms, you can combine two rooms to make a suite: think formal dining and living areas you use only for guests, etc.  Now they can house more permanent guests.

  1. Separate Power

You m ay want to consider keeping your addition on its own spate power, heart and A/C source.  It will help in the future should you decide to charge an occupant rent, but more importantly, you can shut the unit down when it’s not being lived in.

  1. Keep Occupants in Mind

When laying out the blue prints for your addition and choosing what kind of addition to create, keep the ones who will be living there in mind.   Will they need wider doors and hallways?  Assisted baths with lever handles and stylish guardrails?  No slip-flooring and no-curb showers?  Even if your parents or in-laws are physically active now, they may need help from time to time in the future.  This also goes for how much privacy and independence they desire.  If you want to spend a lot of time together, maybe you can forgo a kitchen or sitting area and share the communal ones.  Or maybe they would prefer an entirely separate living arrangement.  It’s up to your family.

  1. Keep Others in Mind

If your relatives aren’t planning to move in permanently or they won’t move in for a while, it’s important to keep everyone in mind with the décor of your addition.  Keeping things neutral, from flooring to curtains to wall color, will allow whoever lives there to add their personal touches on top of this basic groundwork.

  1. Enjoy Your Family

Having a parent move in with you may seem daunting at first, but many families who are interviewed say it’s been a blessing and many wish they’d done it sooner.  Sure there are the logistical benefits of cut care costs, but the biggest benefit is spending more time with your entire family and taking care of those who once took care of you.

Eight Must-Knows When Adding an Addition to Your Home

Eight Must-Knows When Adding an Addition to Your Home


For many homeowners, they love their neighborhood and location, but they are growing out of their house.  Consider adding on, because in many cases you can get exactly what you want without moving to a new home.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when thinking about an addition.

  1. An addition will forever change the layout of the house, so keep the flow of the home in mind and how the addition will change the existing feel.
  2. Create a thorough and detailed wish-list. You can always prioritize it once you consider all elements.  This is a great way to find out what you really want out of your addition.
  3. Legal Restrictions – be sure you are allowed to extend your structure and that it meets all ordinances, zoning restrictions, and rules.
  4. Know your budget – don’t lose track of the cost. Know what you plan to put in and if that will add value to your home.
  5. Materials – when adding on, try to match the existing exterior so your addition will look original. If a perfect match is not possible, choose material with the same tones and textures.
  6. The details matter – a well-designed addition will incorporate key architectural elements from shingles to gutters to windows to trim.
  7. Remember the landscaping – include these elements in your overall plan to ensure proper flow from indoors to outdoors.
  8. Plan for some chaos – depending on the size of the addition remember that your home will not be back to normal for quite some time. A general contractor or remodeling firm can handle most of these details for you and has the knowledge and experience that is necessary.  It is highly recommended that you review testimonials and ask for references from your potential contractor.  You may even want to interview up to 3 contractors or companies.  You will want to have several meetings to discuss ideas, plans, budget and timing.