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Smart Upgrades for Old Houses

New products for keeping the house cleaner and tighter.
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Haiku UV-C ceiling fan

Haiku UV-C ceiling fan.

1. DISINFECTING FAN

Just introduced, the Haiku UV-C ceiling fan uses upward-directed ultraviolet light to eliminate up to 99.9 percent of airborne pathogens, even as it helps cool the house. In 10 finish options, indoor or outdoor, and sizes from 52" to 84" dia. Big Ass Fans, (877) 244-3267, bigassfans.com 

Screen-mesh by Flexscreen

Screen-mesh by Flexscreen.

2. EASIER WINDOW SCREENS 

These affordable screens have a flexible frame that makes them easy to install and remove. Available up to 55" wide x 80" tall, for windows with or without screen tracks. Screen-mesh options include high-visibility and pet-resistant. Flexscreen, (724) 519-8675, flexscreen.com 

Bisaten Thermal Paint & Prime

Bisaten Thermal Paint & Prime.

 3. ANTIMICROBIAL COATINGS 

Made in Italy and new to the U.S., this water-based, VOC-free thermal paint is intended for potentially wet areas where mold can occur. Bisaten Thermal Paint & Primer is antimicrobial and fights condensation and the potential for mold. Di Maria, (561) 307-5283, bisaten.us 

DaiHard 100 concrete sealer

DaiHard 100 concrete sealer.

 

4. IMPERVIOUS COATING 

Treat a beat-up concrete garage or workshop floor to a new finish with DaiHard 100 concrete sealer. The low-odor, zero-VOC, 100% solids epoxy formula withstands heavy traffic and won’t pick up tire marks, once cured. Clear-coat sealer optional. Daich Coatings, (866) 463-2424, daichcoatings.com

Powerwall2 by Tesla

Powerwall2 by Tesla.

5. KILOWATT STORAGE 

There are solar batteries and then there’s Powerwall2. When paired with solar panels, it can store 13.5 kilowatt hours of usable energy, available on demand even during power outages. With installation and supporting hardware. Tesla, (888) 518-3752, tesla.com

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