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Low-E Windows Pros & Cons

Low-e windows (low-e stands for low emissivity) help save energy by reflecting harmful UV rays from the outside of the home and reflecting radiant heat back into the room. This keeps the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

There are three main types of low-e glass.

  • Hard coat: created by applying microscopic layers of metallic oxides on the outside surface of glass or storm window. Hard coat is not as efficient as soft coat but can withstand the elements better. (Approx. R value of 2.45)
  • Soft coat: created by applying microscopic layers of metallic oxides on the inside surface of the glass making the window energy efficient. Soft coat must be applied on the inside of the glass, or in between two panes of a double-pane window, as it does not hold up well to extreme weather conditions. (Approx. R value of 3.50)
  • Low-E with Argon gas: created by adding a thin sheet of metallic oxides (usually soft coat) in between two panes of a double-pane window. This process creates a reflective surface and adds a thermal insulation layer to the window. The addition of inert argon gas adds even more R value to the window. (Approx. R value of 4.35)

Pros

The most obvious advantage of low-e windows is in energy cost savings by reducing heating and cooling costs.

They also reduce the amount of UV rays entering the house which prevents fading and damage to carpet and other flooring as well as drapes and furniture.

Low-e windows have less condensation during temperature and humidity extremes which reduces mold and mildew buildup and keeps the home’s environment healthier.

Low-e windows are completely transparent and allow light into the home without heat gain in the summer or heat loss in the winter. This makes the home more pleasant all the way around.

Cons

Low-e windows are slightly more expensive than traditional glass windows.

Highly reflective low-e glass can occasionally damage nearby vinyl siding. Under very rare circumstances, and usually only in winter, low-e glass can magnify UV rays from the sun and reflect them onto a perpendicular wall of the home or a close-by neighboring home and damage the siding if it is vinyl. This is rare and only occurs under very specific conditions. It can usually be rectified with a full window screen or by fencing or landscaping in the case of very close neighboring homes.

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Low-e windows protect people and furnishings from harmful UV rays and create a healthier environment by reducing mold and mildew buildup from condensation. They also lower energy bills and keep the home more comfortable during temperature and humidity extremes while allowing plenty of light into the house.

McKee Homes uses low-e windows in all our new homes making them more energy efficient and safer for homeowners and their families.

For more information about McKee Homes and low-e windows please contact us from our website or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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Programmable WiFi Thermostats Save Time and Money

McKee Homes installs Honeywell programmable WiFi thermostats in all our new homes. Programming your thermostat to fit your schedule can save time, money and resources. WiFi accessible thermostats can be controlled via computer and mobile devices from any location with internet service.

Features

  • Intuitive programming for easier setup
  • Remote comfort control via computer, tablet or Smartphone
  • Universal application across more system types
  • Equipment check/change reminders
  • Programmable for annual energy savings

One of the main advantages of a programmable thermostat is that you can set your heater and air conditioner to run less when you are not at home or at night while you sleep. That not only saves resources, but also saves money. In addition, some energy suppliers offer incentives for time-shifting energy consumption such as using less energy during the day. You can save additional money by setting your thermostat to conform to your energy supplier’s incentive plan.

In addition to day-to-day settings, programmable thermostats allow you to program vacation settings to lower your energy consumption while you are away from home for an extended period.

With WiFi access you can check and set the temperature in your home remotely. You can also edit the programmed settings and even check the proper operation of your climate control system.

Another advantage of programmable WiFi thermostats is the ability to set up alerts via beeps, texts or emails to let you know when it’s time to change the filters or schedule a maintenance check of your system.

Most of the disadvantages of programmable WiFi thermostats such as higher cost, improper installation and complex setup are not a problem with a new McKee home since the WiFi thermostat comes with the home, is professionally installed and simple programming instructions are given to the homebuyer.

However it is important to insure the settings you program are actually going to use less energy and save money. If someone is home most of the time and constantly overrides the programmed settings, the cost savings can be nullified.

Overall it makes sense to take advantage of connected technology to simplify your life and give you maximum control of your home’s environment as well as the convenience of notifications and alerts. McKee Homes gives you a head start by including the advantages, convenience and added comfort of a programmable WiFi thermostat in your new home.

For more information about full home security and automation upgrades in our new homes, please visit http://buy.mckeehomesnc.com/home-automation or call us at 910-672-7296.

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Using Energy Efficient Appliances Is a Cost-Saving Smart Move!

Using energy efficient appliances is a cost-saving smart move that can increase the longevity of your appliances and save you money on your energy bill! There are lots of benefits of using these types of appliances that not only benefit you but also the environment. McKee Homes uses all energy-efficient appliances in each of our homes.  Read below for a few benefits!

 

  1. Reduced Energy Costs According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star appliances will reduce your home appliance energy usage and costs between 10-50%. On average, according to the NRDC American homeowners are saving about $2,000 per household using these appliances in their homes!

 

  1. Environmentally Friendly– Another great reason to utilize these appliances are its benefits for the earth! The benefits include reducing water consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing our reliance on fossil fuel resources.

 

  1. Do More with Less Time– This a great one for anyone that may not particularly look forward to spending an entire Saturday doing laundry! According to the NRDC using an energy-efficient washer will allow you to wash more in a single load and dry them faster!

 

Here are a few quick tips on how to effectively use your appliances in the home to continue seeing all the great energy-efficient benefits!

 

  1. Dishwasher: Use it only on full and scrape instead of rinsing your dishes before you load them. Remove the dry setting and allow your dishes to air dry.

 

  1. Stove: Use the burners that are closest to your pot size; heat is lost when the pot is too small. Turn your oven off a few minutes before your meal is done cooking the remaining heat will continue cooking it.

 

  1. Refrigerator: Check your door seal to make sure it is intact. Give your food a chance to cool down before refrigerating it.

 

  1. Washer/dryer: Wait until you are at a full load before washing. Try to use the cool water setting as much as possible.

 

 

 

There are so many benefits to using the energy-efficient appliances in your home! Contact us at 910-672-7296 to find out about all of the great features and options available to you!

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Turn Your New Home Into Your Dream Home

McKee Homes will help you turn your new home into your dream home with $10,000 in summer savings on all pre-sale homes in select neighborhoods this summer. The $10,000 gift can be used toward any part of the new home purchase including options and upgrades, fenced yard, closing costs, or deduct it from the purchase price.

Design Studio Options and Upgrades

Use it in our design studio to upgrade plumbing and lighting fixtures, flooring, cabinets, and more. Make your dream home a Smart home with our new home automation options and Apple HomeKit devices. You can also add a home theater system to your new home so you’re ready to enjoy the full home theater experience as soon as you move in.

Fenced Yard Option

Use your $10,000 toward a back yard privacy fence. A fenced back yard not only gives you more privacy, but peace of mind as well, especially if you have pets or young children. Our selections coordinator or design studio manager can help you choose the fencing style and options that best fit your new home.

Closing Costs

Use part of your $10,000 gift toward closing costs and check that off your list. With everything else you have to consider when purchasing a new home, it’s nice to know McKee Homes will take care of your closing costs when using one of our preferred lenders.

Deduct From Purchase Price

If paying $10,000 less for a new home makes it a dream come true, you can deduct the entire $10,000 gift from the purchase price of your new home. Lowering your mortgage by $10,000 will lower your monthly payments and put a smile on your face.

Additional Information

The $10,000 summer savings gift is only available in select neighborhoods when using one of our preferred lenders on a pre-sale home* and supersedes our offer to pay closing costs. However, you can use part of the $10,000 gift to cover your closing costs. Excludes pre-pays and buy downs. This offer expires September 30, 2017.

*Pre-sale homes are homes that have not been built yet, giving you the option to pick your lot,  floor plan, options and upgrades before the house is built. This offer does not apply to standing inventory and move-in ready homes.

Please contact us at 910-672-7296 or use our website contact form to get more information and a list of eligible neighborhoods.

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3 Items In Your Home To Kill Weeds Naturally!

You are officially settled in your dream home (McKee Home) and you are mapping out your landscaping plans and goals for a beautiful yard and a few pesky little things are in your way, weeds! Here are 3 items you already have in your home to kills weeds, naturally!

 

  1. Salt. This item is a super common household staple and works on weeds. Take a spray bottle filled with warm water and a good amount of salt (up to ½ cup) and start spraying. This will prevent growth for a long period of time (even permanently) so make sure you target areas such as your driveway, porch steps or any area you are comfortable preventing future growth.

 

  1. Boiling Water.  This is definitely the simplest solution. Bring a pot of water to a hard boil. Once the water has reached its boiling point, pour it directly on the weeds. If the weeds are stronger due to the length of time they have been there you may have to repeat this method over several days.

 

  1. Bleach. This method is also readily available in most homes. Use the bleach undiluted and pour it directly on the weeds. Using bleach can damage the soil around it and prevent other plants as well as the weeds from growing so keep that in mind as your pour!

 

Also, a quick powerful household combination includes: Dawn dish detergent, vinegar, and salt in a spray bottle and spray the solution directly on the weeds. Those weeds will be gone in no time!

Using these home remedies can cure your weed problem, save money,  and reduce the risks other chemical weed killers contain that are harmful to your skin, animals, and other plants in your yard!

 

Continue to follow the McKee Homes blog for other great tips!

 

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Low Maintenance Vinyl Siding, Vinyl Shakes and Trim

McKee Homes uses low maintenance vinyl siding, shakes and trim on all our Contemporary Series homes. Our Signature Series homes come with painted cement board siding and trim.

Most of our homes offer a mix of lap siding, shakes and board and batten along with trim, accessories and accents to make the exterior design more interesting and enhance the beauty of the home.

Advantages of vinyl siding, shakes and trim:

  • Never needs painting
  • VSI certified to withstand extreme winds up to 180 MPH or more
  • No visible nails
  • Color is fade-resistant, beautiful and resilient
  • Lifetime limited warranty

Our Contemporary vinyl siding is .042″ thick, has a light roughsawn texture and a rolled nail hem for increased rigidity. There are many attractive color choices available for selection by homebuyers.

vinyl siding and shake colors

*Not all colors available in every neighborhood

AN ECO-FRIENDLY CHOICE

As a sustainable product with a long service life, vinyl siding is environmentally responsible in several ways. In addition to conserving wood and other natural resources often used for building materials, vinyl siding helps reduce the deposit of paint, stain and maintenance-related materials into the environment because it never needs to be painted.

MAINTENANCE

Unlike wood or cement board siding, which need to be painted every so often, vinyl siding only needs to be washed with mild soap and water. Most vinyl siding can be pressure washed to save time. While some homeowners prefer to hire a professional to pressure wash their home, others prefer to rent a pressure washer and do it themselves. However it’s not necessary to use a pressure washer to clean vinyl siding. A garden house and nylon brush will work just fine to keep vinyl siding looking like new.

For more information about cleaning and maintaining low maintenance vinyl siding, please visit vinylsiding.org.

For more information about McKee Homes neighborhoods and homes for sale, please visit McKeeHomesNC.com or call us at 910-672-7296. You can also take a 3D virtual tour through our design studio and see samples of siding and other selections.

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New Pool Open in Liberty Hill at Kings Grant in Fayetteville

The new pool and pool house are now open in Liberty Hill at Kings Grant in Fayetteville. Liberty Hill residents can obtain keys to the pool from the HOA.

Liberty Hill is a beautiful new home community nestled in the well established Kings Grant subdivision. Located just north of Fayetteville, NC near the 295 connector, approximately 15 minutes from Ft Bragg, and five minutes from Methodist University, Liberty Hill is a family friendly neighborhood with convenience to local eateries and shopping.

At home in Liberty Hill, quiet, picturesque streetscapes are a daily welcome. The new pool and pool house are a fantastic place to play with the kids and catch up with neighbors. Classic homes with front porches and professional landscaping are full of designer details.

liberty hill pool

Health benefits of swimming

As well as being fun, swimming is a great way to keep fit, stay healthy and make friends. Swimming is a low-impact, healthy activity that has many physical and mental health benefits. It’s a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water.

Swimming is a good all-round activity because it:

  • keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
  • builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
  • tones muscles and builds strength
  • provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.

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Cost-Efficient Thermostat Temperatures to Save You Money This Summer!

Cost-efficient thermostat temperatures are so important to save you money this summer on your electricity bill! During this time of year with temperatures reaching the high 90s in most areas, thermostat adjustments to keep your home cool and your bill low are necessary. Cooling your home with your air conditioning unit depending on the size, could sky rocket your bill into the high hundreds! Though it is tempting to adjust your thermostat really low during the summer in an effort to cool your home faster, this could actually be counter productive because your unit is working harder and burning more energy. Consistent set temperatures maintain energy output levels and reduces your out-of-pocket cost.

Before you receive your next bill and its causes you to break into a sweat, let me share a couple of cost-efficient thermostat temperature tips below!

  1. If you plan to be away from your home for an extended amount of time during the day (4 hours or more) keep the temperature set at a higher number. Once you arrive back home, adjust the temperature to 78 degrees. Based on your comfort level your thermostat should stay at this temperature throughout the warmer months.
  2.  Use your windows at night, turning off the A/C unit completely which allows the breeze to keep you cool while you are sleep. Also, utilize ceiling fans while you are in the room and then turn them off once you leave. It is unnecessary to leave ceiling fans on when you are no longer in the room as the fans do not keep the room itself cooler but cools the people who are in it.

According to Energy.gov for every degree higher you set your thermostat over 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer you could save six-eight percent off your energy bill per degree! These savings can be used to entertain your family and friends grilling in your backyard! Or a fun-filled water day at the local pool or water park! Making these small adjustments could add up significantly over time. Comment on this post and let me know if these tips would work for you! Also check out all of our available homes today!

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Built-in Home Theater System For Your New Home

There is no better time to have a home theater system designed and installed than while building a new home. It’s much easier to run cables, insert speakers and plan for the perfect home theater experience while the home is being built than to retro-fit the system into an existing home. Having all the outlets and cables right where they need to be makes the home theater system less expensive,  easier to install and allows you to get all components in their prime locations for the best overall sound experience.

Of course you can always have a home theater system installed in an existing home. Unless you are Okay with external speakers mounted on the wall or ceiling, there will be some disruption and mess as holes have to be cut for speakers and cables must be pulled to the locations of the receiver, speakers and subwoofer. It also may not be possible to get everything exactly where you want it because of other systems and structural members in the home.

McKee Homes offers a great-sounding home theater system that can be built in to your new home so you’re ready to enjoy the full home theater experience as soon as you move in. Since most homebuyers already have a large screen TV, we focus on the sound system components and wiring.

A typical system includes a 5.2 channel home theater receiver with Bluetooth®, in-ceiling speakers, center channel speaker and subwoofer.

Bluetooth receiver

Typical components would be similar to the following:
Denon AVR-S530BT
5.2-channel home theater receiver with Bluetooth®

  • 5-channel amplifier; 75 watts per channel with 2 channels driven
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
  • front-panel USB input for audio playback from an external storage device or thumb driveBottom of Form (7/10)

Polk Audio MC80
In-ceiling speaker

  • 3/4″ aimable silk dome tweeter and 8″ woofer
  • frequency response 50-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • moisture-resistant design

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2
Center channel speaker

  • Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better staging and imaging
  • 3/4″ silk dome tweeter and dual 3-1/4″ Dynamic Balance™ mid/woofers
  • curved enclosure with high-gloss finish to match today’s flat-panel TVs

Klipsch Reference R-110SW
Powered subwoofer, wireless adapter optional

  • 10″ front-firing Cerametallic™ cone woofer
  • Built-in 200-watt amplifier (continuous power)
  • Frequency response 27-125 HzTop of Form

High – Speed Hdmi cable 50ft
Supports Ethernet, 3D and Audio Return, UltraHD 4K Ready – Latest Specification Cable

home theater sound system components

For more information about our built-in home theater surround sound system upgrade options, please give us a call at 910-672-7296

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McKee Homes New Home Automation Options

McKee Homes offers some exciting new home automation options that give you integrated advanced control from almost anywhere through multiple online platforms. Do you want to control your home from your smart watch? We have you covered. You can also use your smart phone, tablet and other devices.

All of our new homes come with a wireless home security system which includes a wireless security keypad, door sensors and motion detector. We offer upgrades to that system as well as a full home automation system including a touch-screen wireless security panel, door sensors, cell device, and key fob. And for all you control enthusiasts out there, seamless integration connects all your mobile devices, giving you maximum control of your home from any device.

The best part of our home automation system is that it connects all your devices creating an intelligent system that works together, learns and adapts to meet your needs. The entire system can be controlled through one app, for total convenience wherever you go. Instead of sending single commands to your lights, thermostat and door locks, everything works together with customizable triggers. You get an added level of security and convenience with much less effort on your part.

home automation options

Not only can you remotely control the lighting in your home when you’re away the entire system can be programmed for your lifestyle. Window and door sensors can send you an alert whenever a window or door is opened or left open. Door locks and garage door can be remotely operated and controlled from your mobile devices and image sensors can capture images, send alerts and allow for peek-in viewing.

Contact McKee Homes at 910-692-7296 or go to our home security systems web page for more information about new home automation systems.

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