The Ugly Truth About DIY Home Improvement

DIY home improvement can seem like a perfect solution to many issues that may arise within your home. However, doing-it-yourself isn’t always the smartest plan. We’ve outlined a few times when it’s okay to DIY, as well as times when you should probably leave to the pros.

When to DIY is the Way to Go

There’s a good chance that you’re able to take on a number of home improvement projects around your house. Here are some perfect applications where DIY is A-OK:

Interior Painting

Painting the interior walls of your own home is an ideal way to make a change to your living space while saving you the expenses of hiring a professional. With proper prep-work, a little patience, and good quality house paint you can easily transform a room from blah to brilliant all on your own.

Removing Carpet

For homes that have carpet laid over wood flooring, removing old carpet is an excellent way to transform a room on your own. Be sure to watch several YouTube videos on this subject before attempting it yourself, and heed caution: if you haven’t seen the wood floor underneath of the carpet before, it could be in worse shape than you imagine. This may lead to needing to restore your wood floors, which could be an entirely different home improvement project. You may even want to leave floor restoration to the professionals due to the cost and time involved.

Tile Work

Some projects that require tile work are easy to DIY. Smaller projects such as kitchen and bathroom backsplashes can easily be completed by novices. Check out your local home improvement stores to learn more about these types of simple projects. They’ll likely have a variety of tiles and grouts to choose from that will enable you to personalize your project, both in look and skill level. They’ll also most likely have expert advice on how to do this type of tile work yourself. Again, YouTube is an excellent resource for learning the basics of adding tile work to your home.

Leave These Fixes to the Professionals

There are some projects that it’s best to leave up to the professionals. Here are some repairs that you need to call in the experts for:


Plumbing may seem simple, after all its just water running through pipes, right? Wrong. Messing up a plumbing project due to improper experience and knowledge can actually cause some major problems, some quite costly. The last thing you want the happen is an indoor flood, so when your plumbing is acting up, swallow your pride and call a plumber.


Serious injury by electric shock is no laughing matter and can be easily prevented if you stay away from electrical projects. Even if you don’t get shocked, a shoddy electrical job could create overloaded circuits or faulting grounding, which is pretty dangerous for everyone living in your home. Electricians undergo extensive training, so unless you’re as experienced as licensed electricians, it’s best to call in a pro for electrical fixes.

HVAC Maintenance

This is another area where you’ll want to leave it to the professionals. HVAC repairs are also very complicated and best left to the pros due to the high voltage these systems require. Licensed HVAC technicians have undergone a lot of training and have extensive experience repairing heating and cooling systems. By calling in a professional HVAC technician, you won’t only avoid hurting yourself, but you’ll also prevent potentially damaging your HVAC, which could lead to even more expenses from repairs or a total replacement. If you’re in the market for expert HVAC repairs or advice, we’ve got you covered. Call us at 302-476-2808.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: How to Conceal Ducts, Condensers, and Thermostats, Beautifully

Your HVAC system helps keep you and your family comfortable throughout the year, but sometimes HVAC equipment can be a bit unsightly. The good news is that you do not have to compromise your style and design preferences in order to house your HVAC system. There are simple ways that you can conceal ducts, condensers, and thermostats to improve the look of the interior and exterior of your home.

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How to Hide Thermostat, Condenser, and Ducts

There are a variety of creative ways that you can conceal your HVAC equipment without impairing its functionality. Here are just a few of the ways to hide HVAC equipment:

Landscaping for Outside AC Units

Landscaping is an easy way to conceal your outdoor HVAC unit. Whether you use shrubbery or tall potted plants, the natural greenery helps make your home exterior look more attractive while camouflaging large, sometimes unsightly units. Make sure that when you are planting shrubs or adding new plants that they are at least one foot away from the unit. This allows the system to breathe while also leaving room for repairs. Once you have installed new landscaping, you should also check the unit regularly to clear any debris that may be blown onto the unit as this can impact its function.

Ways to Conceal Thermostat

Everyone has a thermostat, but they can often interrupt the flow of your interior design. You can help camouflage your thermostat by adding a collage of photos or art around the thermostat. This helps make it less noticeable on your wall. Some homeowners may even add a frame around the thermostat or dress it up a bit to make it part of the collage. You may also want to paint your thermostat or choose a color that more naturally blends into your walls to reduce its appearance. If your thermostat is older and looks dated, consider replacing it with a newer, smarter model. Not only will it look more modern, but you will be able to heat and cool your home more efficiently with a programmable or smart thermostat.

Hide Ductwork with Shelving

One way to hide ductwork is to incorporate custom bookcases or shelving units, which hide the ducts from view. Not only are you concealing the ducts, but you are creating useful and practical storage inside your home. For ductwork that is hard to hide, some homeowners actually opt to include ducts as part of their interior design. By designing your space around the ducts, you can create an attractive indoor space without the hassle of covering large ducts.

These are just a few tips for hiding unsightly HVAC equipment. There are a variety of other fun suggestions on Pinterest. Just make sure that when concealing the HVAC equipment, you are not impairing its function. If you have any other HVAC related questions or want to get your system running more efficiently, feel free to contact us today.