Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent

I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting.

However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at Design Basics, LLC highlighted a growing trend in ventless dryers that can be easily located and relocated within a home because vent piping, exhaust holes and venting to the outside are not needed.

The mechanics of a home dryer can cause energy and safety problems if lint becomes trapped in the vent. This demands more energy use and frequent cleaning. Weaver believes one of the major trends consumers will be seeing in these key appliances will be the further refinement of ductless technology.

She says vent hoses snaking through a home’s framing have become a leading cause of the 2,900 (average) home clothes dryer fires reported annually, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

J.D. Wollf at HomeSteady.com recently explained that a ventless or condenser dryer— also known as a Heat Pump Clothes Dryer (HPCD)—doesn’t need a vent because instead of expelling the hot, moist air, a heat exchanger removes the moisture from the hot air and “recycles” it, passing it back through the drying clothes. The excess water is then drained away or caught in a container that is later emptied.

The trade-off for energy savings and safety is a requirement for slightly more maintenance than vented dryers. Wollf says the condensing unit must be cleaned about once a month to remove any lint.

A study at the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida states that while an unvented HPCD uses less electricity than a standard resistance dryer, it was found to release significantly more heat than a conventional dryer during operation, demanding additional cooling energy that may compromise overall savings.

However, the study points out that with a current retail cost of $948, there is only a small premium on the HPCD dryers, making them cost-effective when chosen at time of replacement.

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Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent

I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting.

However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at Design Basics, LLC highlighted a growing trend in ventless dryers that can be easily located and relocated within a home because vent piping, exhaust holes and venting to the outside are not needed.

The mechanics of a home dryer can cause energy and safety problems if lint becomes trapped in the vent. This demands more energy use and frequent cleaning. Weaver believes one of the major trends consumers will be seeing in these key appliances will be the further refinement of ductless technology.

She says vent hoses snaking through a home’s framing have become a leading cause of the 2,900 (average) home clothes dryer fires reported annually, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

J.D. Wollf at HomeSteady.com recently explained that a ventless or condenser dryer— also known as a Heat Pump Clothes Dryer (HPCD)—doesn’t need a vent because instead of expelling the hot, moist air, a heat exchanger removes the moisture from the hot air and “recycles” it, passing it back through the drying clothes. The excess water is then drained away or caught in a container that is later emptied.

The trade-off for energy savings and safety is a requirement for slightly more maintenance than vented dryers. Wollf says the condensing unit must be cleaned about once a month to remove any lint.

A study at the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida states that while an unvented HPCD uses less electricity than a standard resistance dryer, it was found to release significantly more heat than a conventional dryer during operation, demanding additional cooling energy that may compromise overall savings.

However, the study points out that with a current retail cost of $948, there is only a small premium on the HPCD dryers, making them cost-effective when chosen at time of replacement.

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How to Cancel a Check

(TNS)—Do you have a checking account? What should you do if you sent a check to someone and it hasn’t arrived weeks later? If you’re worried that it may have been lost or stolen, it’s critical you cancel it, or stop payment, as soon as possible.

Here are the steps to cancel a check—and what it may cost you.

Personal Checks vs. Cashier’s Checks
Your personal check contains your name, your account number, a bank routing number, a check number, the payee’s name and the amount payable. When the payee’s bank receives the check, your signature authorizes the bank to transfer funds from your account to the recipient’s account. Usually it takes a couple of business days for a check to clear once it’s been deposited. If a check hasn’t cleared, you can stop payment on it.

A cashier’s check, on the other hand, is drawn directly on the bank that issued the check and not on your account. You may need to use a cashier’s check when you are making a large payment, such as a security deposit on an apartment. You pay the bank the sum needed and a small service fee of $10 or so, and the bank guarantees the funds to the payee. In most cases, banks must honor a cashier’s check when it is presented, and a stop payment is not available.

How to Cancel a Check
If you made an error when writing a personal check—such as making it out for the wrong amount—or if you think the check may have gotten lost in the mail, the first thing you should do is review your account’s transaction history online or call the bank’s 800 number to find out if the check has already cleared.

If the check has not been posted, contact your bank to stop payment. You’ll need a few pieces of information to do this:

  • Your account number
  • The exact amount of the check and who it was made payable to
  • The check number

If you are enrolled in online banking, you can stop payment on a check from your mobile device or computer. Otherwise, you’ll need to call the bank or visit your branch office.

If you make your stop-payment request in time and in writing, your bank won’t be able to cash the check for six months. After that, your stop payment request expires and the check could be paid. Many banks, however, don’t honor checks after six months have passed (but be sure to ask your bank). If you make a stop payment request by phone and do not follow up in writing, the bank can cash the check after 14 days. That’s why it is important to renew your request in writing.

If your check has already been cashed and you suspect fraud, contact you bank so it can initiate an investigation. By law you are generally not responsible for a check if someone forged the signature of the person to whom you made out the check.

Cost of Canceling a Check
Depending on your bank and the type of account you have, you may have to pay a fee of between $15 and $30 to stop payment on a check. If you have an interest-bearing checking account with a fairly high monthly minimum balance, the fee may be waived altogether. Contact your bank to find out exactly what you can expect.

Visit Bankrate online at www.bankrate.com.

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How to Cancel a Check

(TNS)—Do you have a checking account? What should you do if you sent a check to someone and it hasn’t arrived weeks later? If you’re worried that it may have been lost or stolen, it’s critical you cancel it, or stop payment, as soon as possible.

Here are the steps to cancel a check—and what it may cost you.

Personal Checks vs. Cashier’s Checks
Your personal check contains your name, your account number, a bank routing number, a check number, the payee’s name and the amount payable. When the payee’s bank receives the check, your signature authorizes the bank to transfer funds from your account to the recipient’s account. Usually it takes a couple of business days for a check to clear once it’s been deposited. If a check hasn’t cleared, you can stop payment on it.

A cashier’s check, on the other hand, is drawn directly on the bank that issued the check and not on your account. You may need to use a cashier’s check when you are making a large payment, such as a security deposit on an apartment. You pay the bank the sum needed and a small service fee of $10 or so, and the bank guarantees the funds to the payee. In most cases, banks must honor a cashier’s check when it is presented, and a stop payment is not available.

How to Cancel a Check
If you made an error when writing a personal check—such as making it out for the wrong amount—or if you think the check may have gotten lost in the mail, the first thing you should do is review your account’s transaction history online or call the bank’s 800 number to find out if the check has already cleared.

If the check has not been posted, contact your bank to stop payment. You’ll need a few pieces of information to do this:

  • Your account number
  • The exact amount of the check and who it was made payable to
  • The check number

If you are enrolled in online banking, you can stop payment on a check from your mobile device or computer. Otherwise, you’ll need to call the bank or visit your branch office.

If you make your stop-payment request in time and in writing, your bank won’t be able to cash the check for six months. After that, your stop payment request expires and the check could be paid. Many banks, however, don’t honor checks after six months have passed (but be sure to ask your bank). If you make a stop payment request by phone and do not follow up in writing, the bank can cash the check after 14 days. That’s why it is important to renew your request in writing.

If your check has already been cashed and you suspect fraud, contact you bank so it can initiate an investigation. By law you are generally not responsible for a check if someone forged the signature of the person to whom you made out the check.

Cost of Canceling a Check
Depending on your bank and the type of account you have, you may have to pay a fee of between $15 and $30 to stop payment on a check. If you have an interest-bearing checking account with a fairly high monthly minimum balance, the fee may be waived altogether. Contact your bank to find out exactly what you can expect.

Visit Bankrate online at www.bankrate.com.

©2018 Bankrate.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

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Real Estate Investors Connect with Motivated Sellers and Increase SEO Ranking with Cash Home Buyer Directory

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$480,000 :: 2396 FRANKLIN RD, Berkley MI, 48072

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,200 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 01/14/18, Last Updated: 01/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21403702
Community: Berkley (63253)
Tract: BROOKLINE HILLS
Status: Pending

BUILT by ALIMOFF BUILDING. High Quality Construction with Well Thought Through Flr Plan. Not Another Cookie Cutter Home. High 9ft 1st Flr Ceiling with Open Flr Plan features Walk-In Pantry in the Kitchen, Mud Room with Drop Zone and USB Plug, Kitchen Island with Built-in Microwave, Solid Plywood Kitchen Cabinets with Built-in Trash Cans, Pull-Out Spice Rack, Range Hood Over the Stove, 42” Upper Kitchen Cabinets, Built-in Wine Rack and Designer Granite. Solid Oak Wide Plank Wood Flooring Throughout the Entire 1st Flr and 2nd Flr hallway. Craftsman Style Trim Throughout with High 8ft Tall Doors on 1st Flr. 2nd Flr Features 600 sq f Master Suite with Vaulted Ceiling, His/Hers Master Closets with Built-in Shoe Racks, Private Toilet room, 3×6 Soaker Tub, Steam Shower, Separate His/Hers Sinks and Large Walk-In Shower with Rain Head. Woman-Centric Home Design with Plenty of Closets. Striking Front Elevation with Stone Veneer. SCHEDULE A MEETING WITH THE BUILDER TODAY!

Listed with Community Choice Realty Inc


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$399,900 :: 2048 Trimble Street, Orion Township MI, 48360

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,801 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 01/14/18, Last Updated: 01/14/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 218003281
Community: Orion Twp
Tract: VILLAS AT PARKVIEW
Status: Active

Why wait for new construction, when you can move in immediately, to this gorgeous brick Abbeyville ranch duet condo?! Over $75K in upgrades! Light & bright interior! Designer kit w/upgraded cabinetry w/slow close doors & drawers, quartz countertops/island, Blanco oversized sink, subway tile backsplash, SS appliances/hood. Open concept is ideal for entertaining. Ebony hardwood flrs & upgraded carpet t/o. Oversized mstr suite w/bay window option! Mstr bath w/gorgeous quartz countertops, carrara marble style flr tile/shower stall surround/garden tub & WIC! Flex room/Den w/french doors. Upgraded fixtures, hardware & lighting! Lovely sunroom is perfect for relaxing w/your morning coffee. Cozy up in the oversized Great Rm w/gas frpl on cold winter nights. Enjoy outdoor patio in spring/summer! The spacious daylight bsmt w/7′ 10″ ceilings, is waiting for your finishing touches (add’l 1683 sqft). This condo is truly turn key! Award winning Lake Orion Schools! Close commute to dining & shopping!

Virtual Tour: https://www.planomatic.com/mls170657

Listed with Real Estate One-Rochester


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$554,193 :: 663 Robinson Drive, Rochester Hills MI, 48307

4 beds, 3.1 baths
Home size: 3,174 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 01/14/18, Last Updated: 01/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218003109
Community: Rochester Hills
Tract: Vistas of Rochester Hills
Status: Pending

Unbelievable value! This “Bradford” Colonial is TO-BE-BUILT at the new “Vistas of Rochester Hills” community. Home will feature 4 bedrooms with 3.5 baths + Den. Unique floor plan offers 10′ main floor ceilings with open concept kitchen/breakfast nook/family room. A unique finish detail package completes this home. Ask builder/sales manager for more details about adding the optional bonus room, 3 car garage and/or finishing the lower level. All room sizes approximate. Other plans & communities available.

Listed with Arterra Realty Michigan LLC


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$616,237 :: 1894 TRACEKY, Rochester Hills MI, 48306

4 beds, 3.1 baths
Home size: 3,160 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 01/14/18, Last Updated: 01/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218003100
Community: Rochester Hills
Tract: CLEAR CREEK SUB NO 5
Status: Pending

UNBELIEVABLE VALUE! THIS “BRADFORD II” COLONIAL IS TO-BE-BUILT AT CLEAR CREEK PHASE 5. LIST PRICE INCLUDES BASE PRICE FOR HOME WITH PREMIUM ELEVATION D, 3-CAR SIDE ENTRY GARAGE, AND BONUS ROOM. HOME WILL FEATURE 4 BEDROOMS WITH 3.5 BATHS + DEN. UNIQUE FLOOR PLAN OFFERS 10′ MAIN FLOOR CEILINGS WITH OPEN-CONCEPT KITCHEN/BREAKFAST NOOK/FAMILY ROOM. A CUSTOM FINISH DETAIL PACKAGE COMPLETES THIS HOME WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF COLUMNS/ARCHES, STEP-CEILINGS WITH CROWN MOLDING, AND AN EXTENSIVE USE OF HARDWOOD FLOORING. ASK BUILDER/SALES MANAGER FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT ADDING A COVERED OUTDOOR LOGGIA ROOM AND/OR FINISHING THE LOWER LEVEL. ALL ROOM SIZES APPROXIMATE. OTHER PLANS & COMMUNITIES AVAILABLE. *PHOTOS ARE OF FINISHED MODEL AND DO SHOW UPGRADES/OPTIONS*

Listed with Arterra Realty Michigan LLC


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