Smart Upgrades for Old Houses

New products for keeping the house cleaner and tighter.

Haiku UV-C ceiling 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, 

Screen-mesh by Flexscreen.


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, 

Bisaten Thermal Paint & Prime.


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, 

DaiHard 100 concrete sealer.



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,

Powerwall2 by Tesla.


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,

By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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