The Honeywell Lyric T5 smart thermostat offers features like mobile app control and climate scheduling, in addition to advanced features like geofencing (shutting down or adjusting the heating or cooling when you are not at home).

This thermostat also integrates with a lot of home ecosystems. It is an improvement over the older Lyric T3 model and is one of the best Nest alternatives.

One advantage of the Honeywell T5 thermostat is its low price. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key features it offers so you can decide whether it would be a good choice for your home.

Honeywell Lyric T5 Review

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Honeywell Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat Advantages

  • Cheap price compared to similar models
  • Flexible scheduling options
  • Easy installation and setup
  • Nice mobile app
  • Works with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa
  • Smart alerts
  • Geofencing features including multiuser support

Honeywell Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat Disadvantages

  • Needs a C-wire
  • No motion or humidity sensors
  • No energy usage reporting
  • Design maybe seem dull-looking to some

Key Features

Geofencing

This thermostat uses the GPS location on your mobile device to see if you are at home or not. You will have to connect the Lyric T5 to the Honeywell Lyric mobile app to use this feature.

After setting it up, the energy consumption will be reduced if you are not at home and ensure the perfect temperature when you get back.

It is possible to set this feature up for more than one person, with each user creating a Lyric app account and adding it to their smartphone.

If more than one person is using the app, the last person to leave the house will trigger the away setting and the first one back will switch it back to the comfort setting.

Scheduling

There are various ways you can control your home climate using the Lyric T5 thermostat:

  • Location-based: The thermostat uses the location of your mobile device to determine whether you are home or not. When you are out, it switches over to the energy-saving mode.

When you are on the way home, it will switch on the cooling or heating system to ensure the climate is at your chosen comfort temperature.

You also have the option of manually switching between the home and away modes on the mobile app or thermostat.

  • Time-based: You can choose to set the week’s climate schedule. Pick from 3 different options to set the timing, either Monday to Sunday, Monday to Friday and the weekend, or each day individually.
  • Smart: This is a combination of location-based and time-based scheduling. The thermostat works according to the schedule you set but if the machine senses you are still at home while the program is set to away, it overrides the location-based setting to maintain the comfort level in your home.
  • None: If you prefer a full manual mode, it is possible to adjust the climate manually using either the smartphone app or the thermostat itself.

Excellent Display

The display on the Lyric T5 smart thermostat is big, bright, touch-enabled, and motion-activated, making it a substantial improvement over the previous Honeywell Lyric T3 model.

The display on the Lyric T5 includes plenty of data such as time, set temperature point, current indoor temperature, primary menu options menu, and mode and fan options.

You can use the display to control the thermostat, although it is simpler to set features such as geofencing and schedules using the Lyric mobile app.

In order to set up the mobile app, just connect the thermostat to your home’s Wi-Fi network and install the iOS or Android app to set up an account.

Smart Climate Control

There is a Smart Response feature on the Honeywell Lyric T5 smart thermostat which means it can begin the cooling or heating system slightly earlier when changing to comfort mode from the energy-saving mode. This ensures the temperature is at the chosen point at a scheduled time.

This intelligent comfort control feature allows the Lyric T5 thermostat to recognize whether the house should be cooled or heated to offer reach the set indoor temperature and achieve the best comfort.

Smart Alerts

Smart alerts are a nice feature to have on a thermostat. These send you a reminder when it is time to maintain your cooling and heating system, such as when it’s time to change your HVAC system filter.

The thermostat will also alert you if it recognizes unusual conditions such as an unusually high temperature indoors.

You can choose to receive these reminders and alerts to your smartphone or email as push notifications, so you are notified immediately. You will also see these warnings on the thermostat display as one of the default options.

Smart Home Ecosystem Integration

This thermostat is compatible with a variety of popular smart home ecosystems such as Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, and Google Home. This will allow you to control the thermostat along with your other home devices.

For even more integration, you can pair your Lyric T5 with IFTTT. This is a home automation language which many other popular systems and devices use.

This will let you connect several devices and have them communicate with one another. For example, when someone is at your front door it will switch on the smart lights.

What is Not So Good?

Considering this is a budget thermostat when compared to others on the market, it does not have every feature you might want.

These are some of the things we did not like so much:

  • Not the Most Exciting Display: The rather conservative look of the thermostat design might make it unappealing to some users, especially when compared to Ecobee or Nest smart thermostats. Unless you’re hoping to make a special statement with your thermostat, this should not be too much of an issue.
  • No Energy Consumption Reports: You will not be able to follow how your cooling and heating system’s performance. There is no web portal access to review the thermostat status and settings or to control it.
  • No Motion or Humidity Sensors: The Lyric T5 thermostat cannot connect to remote sensors like the ecobee thermostat can. In addition, geofencing is used rather than motion sensors so it can recognize whether or not you are at home. Considering the T5 is a budget thermostat, this should not be a surprise.
  • Requires C-Wire: You need C-Wire for the Honeywell Lyric T5 thermostat which means you should have one before purchasing the thermostat. If you do not have one, you will either have to return the T5 thermostat or install C-Wire which might be expensive since you need an electrician to install it. This thermostat does not support 120-240V electric baseboard heating units either.

Ease of T5 Thermostat Installation

The Lyric T5 is not Honeywell’s first thermostat, since they have been producing them for a while. This experience has allowed them to streamline the installation process.

Even if you are not experienced at installing or setting up devices, you should find the installation simple.

You do need to have C-Wire installed to power up the Lyric T5 though and there are no alternatives for this. If you don’t have C-Wire then the T5 might not be the best choice for your home.

Overall, most users report that the Honeywell installation instructions are simple to follow.

Cooling and Heating System Compatibility

There are some possible compatibility issues with the Honeywell Lyric T5 smart thermostat. It works well with most 24-volt air conditioning, heating and heat pump systems.

The Lyric T5 does need C-Wire (24 VAC power) to work and there are no workaround options for this.

The T5 thermometer will not work with 120-240V electric baseboard heating units. In addition, it will not work with multi-volt cooling and heating systems.

Summary

If you are looking for a smart Wi-Fi thermostat which isn’t going to cost the Earth, the Honeywell Lyric T5 smart thermostat might fit the bill perfectly. It costs nearly half of what you would have to pay for a Nest or ecobee budget version.

The T5 thermostat offers a geofencing feature as well as flexible options for temperature scheduling to ensure the perfect home climate is reached when you are home and energy savings are enabled when you are away from home.

The smart response feature makes sure the temperature is at the set point when someone returns to the house or at a scheduled time.

This thermostat may also be integrated with a variety of smart home ecosystems including Samsung SmartThings, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa.

This thermostat offers a nice balance between smart features and price point and is a good option if you want to upgrade a conventional thermostat.

Before buying and installing the Honeywell Lyric T5 smart thermostat, ensure you have a C-Wire already installed, else you might have to pay an electrician to install C-Wire.

Contemporary air conditioners are designed to stay quiet. These high-efficiency units use 2-stage variable heat compressor technology, as well as sound reduction, in order to keep noise levels under 55 decibels. If you own such a unit, you likely seldom think about its noise levels. That is until the unit begins to sound louder than normal. If this starts occurring, chances are that you will notice, and might wonder if something is going wrong with your unit.

If you begin hearing odd, uncharacteristic noises out of a normally quiet unit, it’s best not to ignore them. The problem could be something that can be addressed by a very basic tune-up, or it could call for major repairs. Sometimes, the repairs would be more costly than replacing the unit altogether. In either case, ignoring unusual noises is not likely to lead to anywhere good in terms of your air conditioner. The longer you let the loud noises continue without addressing them, the higher your risk of costly repairs becomes. To that end, it’s best to address these AC issues without wasting a lot of time.

The sounds you might hear from your air conditioner unit may vary. Here are some common noises that your air conditioner may make and their likely causes.

Air Conditioner Making [Fill in the Blank] Noise

Banging

If you begin to hear banging from inside your unit, it is most likely due to a broken or detached part. It might be a piston pin, a crankshaft, a connecting rod, or any number of other internal components that make up the internal compressor that has snapped or disconnected, or there is a poorly balanced internal blower in play. If a component of a compressor has broken, it is almost certain that the compressor will need to be replaced.

Buzzing

One of the toughest noises to diagnose is when the AC unit begins to buzz. This could be due to a relatively minor and simple repair including changing an air filter to something much more serious. Sometimes buzzing is caused by loose parts inside the unit or the copper lines that run from the outside to the inside of the unit touching something and vibrating off of that surface. It could also mean that there is a debris blockage on the outside or inside of the unit, or the condenser coil requires maintenance or cleaning.

More seriously, it could mean that the internal fan blades are not balanced correctly, the unit has loose parts, the blower is imbalanced or failing, or there is a refrigerant leak. The latter is especially evident if the unit seems to be working but not actually blowing cold air. If the refrigerant has leaked out, it will need to be refilled and the source of the leak needs to be patched.

Clanking

If you hear clanking in your AC unit, chances are there is a part that is not balanced or is loose. This sometimes happens because a particular internal component of the compressor breaks, usually causing the necessity for repair and replacement. If parts are loose, such as the internal fans, it could mean that the out-of-place parts are hitting other internal units. The longer this is permitted to persist, the worse the problems get. Not only will the loose part incur more damage, but it will also likely send the parts it’s hitting into disrepair.

Clicking

When the unit starts up or stops, it is normal to hear clicking sounds, but it is atypical to hear them throughout the unit’s standard operation. If the clicking is frequent or perpetual once the unit is turned on, it could be a sign of a failing thermostat or a defective control. These are typically caused by electrical issues. These can lead to far more costly, and even dangerous problems, so it is important to stay on top of addressing clicking noises if they persist.

Humming

Normal humming is not indicative of a serious issue in AC units. The humming noise could potentially be the result of vibrations due to loose refrigerant piping or other parts, which, if not attended to, can exacerbate into greater problems. Humming is also sometimes due to electrical issues like loose wiring or a malfunctioning compressor.

Pulsating

Another noise that is not always indicative of a problem is when the unit pulsates. In fact, most units have some minor type of pulse emanating from it, which is entirely normal. However, this pulsing should be barely audible unless you are really listening for it. If an outdoor unit begins to make noises that you can hear inside, some parts are likely loose and some part inside the unit needs to be repaired or replaced. These parts can include anything as benign as a panel on the unit coming loose, to loose motor or fan blades, which is a significantly more serious problem.

Rattling

Rattling inside of your unit can sometimes be caused by outdoor debris like leaves and branches being caught in your system, causing a clogging issue. However, it can also be a sign of electrical contractor issues or loosening parts inside the compressor. Loose fans also rattle the more detached and imbalanced they get. If you begin to hear chattering or rattling noises in your unit, your first troubleshooting actions should include checking to make sure that all of the bolts and screws in the unit are tight and snug. You should also consider changing your air filter and cleaning your condenser coil.

Squealing

When indoor blower motors and outdoor fan motors begin to degrade in terms of efficiency, they exhibit the tell-tale sign of squealing as the noises travel through the duct systems. Squealing can also be indicative of malfunctioning or damaged housing or blower wheels. Because certain units may squeal inherently to some degree, it’s important to pay attention to the nature of these squeals in order to distinguish between those that are normal and those that are irregular.

Screaming

The one noise that calls for an immediate ceasing of the use of your AC unit is if you begin to hear a “screaming” or high-pitched whistling noise. At this point, a professional needs to come and inspect the unit and it should not be utilized until the problem is addressed. One of the most common reasons for this problem is a refrigerant leak, which, aside from being highly detrimental to your AC unit, can also harm the health of the residents of your home. Another dangerous reason for the screaming sound is the over-pressurization of the internal compressor. In some situations with this type of problem, the AC unit is equipped with a sensor that will shut the unit off. If this happens, don’t worry. This is a failsafe mechanism included for your safety.

Whirring

A whirring sound, reminiscent of the type of noise expected when a helicopter flies overhead, is an indication of several potential problems with the outdoor unit or the indoor blower. Usually, a whirring sound is indicative of bad bearings around the indoor blower, or a bad fan on either the external or internal AC. While it could also be caused by a torn or ripped belt, the usual cause for whirring noises are displaced or loosened fan blades. The helicopter-like noise occurs when the blades are spinning at an angle, out of place, or hitting what they should not be. But faulty parts are not always to blame. Sometimes, the whirring noise can be due to a piece of debris being stuck in the outdoor fan or the indoor blower. As it gets caught up in the blades, it simulates a helicopter sound as well.

What To Do About a Loud Air Conditioner

What To Do About a Loud Air Conditioner

You do not always need to worry about calling a professional for AC unit repairs. When there is a new noise that you are not accustomed to hearing, you should investigate the unit yourself as many problems have DIY solutions. A lot of the time the solution is quite simple. Various debris, including tree branches, twigs, leaves, and seed pods are well known to clog up conditioning coils, resulting in buzzing or pulsing sounds.

You can remove the top of your air conditioning unit with just a screwdriver in most cases, and closely inspect the fans. Loose parts, especially when in motion are usually easy to spot. You can also change the filter on your unit, as well as clean an outdoor one from all the nature dumps on it with a spray from a hose.

If the noises begin to be concerning, before inspecting a unit with the cover off, it is always advisable to power it down. You should do this regardless of whether a professional is coming over to take a look at it or you are checking it out yourself. This is a very basic precautionary measure. If the air conditioner unit is broken, keeping it running could only expedite the damage and prove to be more costly than if you had just stopped it after the initial problem was noted. To stay on top of potential looming issues, it is always a good idea to schedule an annual tune-up where professionals will check the status of all of the important parts involved and hopefully give your AC a clean bill of health.

Make Air Conditioner Quieter

Make Air Conditioner Quieter

If there is nothing wrong with your unit, but you still feel that it is far too loud, there are a couple of options to make it quieter. A sound blanket is one option. Since most of the noise from an AC unit is sourced from its compressor, a sound blanket can be installed over it in order to muffle the compressor’s sounds.

A sound-dampening fence around the unit is another common option for homeowners. Not only does it obstruct the often unaesthetic unit from sight, but it also helps to quiet the noise from the unit as it is obstructed by the fence. This type of fence is best installed by using fencing with overlapping boards, though it’s important to permit a space of at least three feet between the fence and the unit to allow the AC the ability to exercise proper airflow.

Another method that homeowners enjoy for sound-dampening their AC units is to plant shrubs around the air conditioner. Of course, these will need to be at a bit of distance and will need to consistently be pruned back in order to not grow into or obstruct the optimal operation of the unit.

Additionally, many homeowners also place plants against the windows inside the home, specifically those that are near the AC unit. Larger houseplants against the AC adjacent wall typically help to block the noise more. On top of that, if the AC unit is outside of a bedroom, it’s a good idea to install noise-smothering curtains in order to keep the noise level down for sensitive sleepers.

When Is It Time To Replace A Noisy Air Conditioner?

When Is It Time To Replace A Noisy Air Conditioner

Older units that begin to be noisy are usually best if they are discarded and replaced. While repairs are still possible, some problems are just too expensive to address. For instance, older units used R22 refrigerant, which has since been replaced by R410-A in newer units. However, the two are not interchangeable, so older units require their type of refrigerant. The problem is since it’s far less common these days, it gets more challenging to find services that still stock and carry R22, and its acquisition ends up being more costly.

As the main functional component of an air conditioning unit, when the compressor becomes deficient it will likely cost more to replace it than to just invest in a new unit. The newer unit will carry the benefits of being quieter, as well as more energy efficient. You might find that your electric bill drops substantially with a new unit, meaning that over its life, the savings will have the unit pay for itself.

If your air conditioner needs replacement, look into a company that can provide a strong warranty. This could save you substantial money on costs or the unit and its installation. This will also help you rest assured that you are operating a newer, quieter, and more reliable AC unit.

Getting a clear answer to “How long do windows last?” can be a challenge for homeowners.

In the below guide, we’ll dive into the average window lifespan, the factors that impact how long windows last,  and signs you need to replace your windows.

How many years do windows last?

Like many other features in your home, the parts of a window will ultimately diminish over time and you’ll need to replace them. On average, must residential windows last between 15 to 30 years. There is some variance in lifespan based on a number of factors including window type.

How long should wood windows last?

On average, wood windows last between 15 to 20 years. There are exceptions where wood windows can last a really long time. This depends on the type of wood that is used in the frame. Maintenance and care are also variables to lifespan on wood windows. Overall, wood windows are really beautiful, but they can have a somewhat short lifespan because they are prone to termites, insects, and rot.

How long do vinyl windows last?

On average, vinyl windows last between 20 to 40 years. Vinyl windows are popular among homeowners due to their longevity. They also are relatively low maintenance, cheaper than wood windows, and easy to install. Because they are built with non-corrosive compounds they are less susceptible to damage and warping from weather variations.

How long do aluminum windows last?

On average, aluminum windows last between 20 to 25 years. Aluminum, or metal windows are very lightweight and are one of the most economical options for replacement windows. However, they are more likely to show wear and tear: dents, cracks, scratches, and rust.

How long do fiberglass windows last?

Fiberglass windows have some of the longest lifespans and can last up to 50 years. While more expensive than other options, these windows provide a number of benefits including better insulation and noise control. They are a great option for consumers that want to upgrade the windows in their forever home.

Window Lifespan Variables

Window Lifespan Variables

While the above numbers are good baselines, homeowners should take note of the below factors that can both prolong and decrease window lifespan.

Window Quality and Manufacturer

Not all windows are created equally. When looking at replacing your windows, evaluate the manufacturer closely. What type of products do they use? What does their manufacturing process look like? Are they based locally? To get a good gauge on window quality, ask your window sales consultant about warranties. Product warranties are a great indicator of how confident that manufacturer is in their product, and how long most of their products will last.

Frequency of Use

Normal operation of windows over the years can lead to wear and tear. Depending on how often you open and close certain windows, you may need to repair or replace certain parts more frequently.

A lot of the typical usage functions of a window such as the sash or crank, can often me easily replaced or repaired. Some of these items may be also covered under a window warranty (if present).

Overall, keep in mind that windows are designed to open and close for cleaning and ventilation. Just be careful when operating to not force open or close the windows as this may cause more damage and lead to costly replacements.

Climate and Weather

Where you live, weather, and seasonal variations also play a role in how long your windows will last.

While most modern windows are built for durability, certain severe climates can cause them to break down faster. The windows in your home will sometimes need to battle elements like extreme hot and cold temperatures, sunlight, and moisture.

These climate and weather variances can cause warping, wear, and discoloration over long periods of time.

Installation

How your windows are installed also plays a direct role in window lifespan. Make sure to work with a reputable window installation company when replacing the windows in your home. Professional installation will make sure that your windows are sized and fit properly. This is critical for energy efficiency, but also important to ensure a long lifespan. When windows are improperly installed, water and outside elements can seep in around the window and cause damage.

How do I know if my windows need replacing?

How do I know if my windows need replacing

If you’re wondering how long windows last on average, you may have noticed something wrong with your windows that indicate that they need replacing. Age is a good indicator of whether or not you should replace your windows, but there are some other tell-tale signs that your windows are nearing the end of their life.

Here are some sings that your windows need replacing:

Uncomfortable Living Spaces

If you have difficulty keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, old windows may be the culprit. Pay attention to uncomfortable drafts near your windows. This could be an indicator of poor installation or potentially broken seals.

High Utility Bills

If you’re starting to notice hot and cold spots near windows, you’ll likely see a high utility bill follow. Old, leaky, inefficient windows results in your heating and cooling systems having to work overtime, which will come at a premium.

Damaged Window Frames

Inspect the frames around your windows. Signs of deep cracks, rot, and other unsightly blemishes to the window frame can indicate a bigger problem. Damaged frames are likely going to result in unwanted heat transfer, flooding, and window failure.

Usability

If you find yourself having issues opening or closing your windows, you may need to look at replacing your windows. Older single and double-hung windows become more difficult to operate over time. This usually happens because of settling and frequent use where systems fail.

Condensation

Condensation between window panes is a common problem, especially with double-pane windows. If you notice condensation that just won’t go away, this is typically an indicator of a broken seal. Replacing the window at this stage should be prioritized because efficiency and visibility are depleted.

How do you extend the life of a window?

How do you extend the life of a window

Taking good care of your windows and implementing a routing window maintenance schedule will help you extend window lifespan.

The best way to extend the life of your windows is to regularly inspect them. Set a quarterly calendar reminder to check up on all of the windows in your home. Pay attention to the window frame and sash. Look for signs of rot and water damage. Catching these symptoms early will allow you to diagnose the culprit and rectify the problem before it’s beyond repair.

Another way to simply stay on top of your windows, while providing years to their lifespan, is to clean them regularly. When cleaning your windows, make sure to deep clean all parts including the glass, casing, frame, and surrounding walls. This will help reduce dirt and grime that builds up around the windows that can result in malfunction.

You have all this additional storage space above your home. Make sure you can access it with ease! Whether you’re purchasing replacement attic stairs or buying an attic ladder for newly created attic access, you want to find the one that’s best for your home.

Finding which attic access ladder is the best will depend on what you’re looking for. Do you need the pull-down attic stairs that are the easiest to use? Does your attic staircase need to be the sturdiest for frequent access? Or do you just need simple?

Whatever you need, we have the 7 best pull-down attic stairs for you to check out. We know that one of these will be a great fit for your home. And, we have all the information you need to decide which attic ladder it will be!

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Z6 Metal Retractable Folding Step Ladder for Loft Attic

Best Attic Stairs - Metal Retractable Ladder

Beautiful attic stairs with a unique folding method, this item is lightweight and easy to use. It’s hard to go wrong with this metal retractable ladder!

This item by Z6 is probably one of the most comfortable to use pull-down attic stairs. With the handrails, large step depth, and lightweight design, you’ll be looking for a reason to go to your storage space!

The attic access ladder is customizable to fit your ceiling’s height. So if you have a ceiling that runs on the short or tall side of average, this attic staircase can fit like a glove. It’s suitable for holes 4.59 × 2.62 feet and has a height of 9.84 feet with a hinge of 5-11 feet.

Pros:

  • The titanium-magnesium alloy material makes it both durable and lightweight
  • Handrails and step depth make for a safer climb
  • Customizable sizing

Cons:

  • Pricier than some other attic stairs
  • Can be difficult to install, so have an installation partner handy!

Verdict:

While this may be one of the top picks, the old saying is true: you get what you pay for. So it makes sense that this is one of the priciest stairs to your storage you can buy.

LWW Aluminum Ladder for Loft

Best Attic Stairs - LWW Ladder

Why invest in attic stairs that mostly sit unused between spring-cleaning and winter holidays? This is not your only option! You can instead invest in a great ladder that can be used for any job in addition to functioning as an attic access ladder.

The LWW ladder is a straight ladder with many heights available to choose from. Get the LWW ladder anywhere from 6.5 feet to 13.45 feet! And, any height easily compacts for portability and storage between uses.

No installation is required since it’s a straight ladder that leans. However, it can still bear up to 331 pounds, which makes it great for moving storage items.

Pros:

  • A ladder that can be used anywhere, not just as attic stairs
  • The easiest installation for an attic ladder
  • A sturdy yet lightweight straight ladder
  • Six height options available between 6.5 feet to 13.45 feet

Cons:

  • As an attic access ladder, will not always be easily accessible if it is being used elsewhere.

Verdict:

Perfect for people who rarely use pull-down attic stairs and could use another portable ladder. As it is portable, it is not always ready as an attic stair. That means retrieving the ladder could be an extra step. If you frequently visit your storage, you may want a more traditional attic staircase.

Louisville Ladder AA2210 Elite For Attic

Best Attic Stairs - Louisville Ladder AA2210

The Louisville Ladder AA2210 is a popular choice of attics stairs. The pull-down attic stairs are an affordable choice when compared to some more top-of-the-line products, but it still includes great features.

A simple pull-down attic stairs design, the steps are about 3.25 inches deep, making it a safe climb for anyone. It also features an opening that is larger than many other attic staircase options. With such a large opening, you can easily move just about anything up to storage!

The only downside is that the low price is reflected in the materials. The wood for the opening is not the strongest or sturdiest of the options available.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Large opening
  • Comfortably large, slip-resistant steps
  • Folds easily and quietly

Cons:

  • Wooden materials are cheaper than high-end products, and they may be a bit less sturdy than more expensive ladders.

Verdict:

If you plan on using your stairs often, you may want something a little sturdier. But for a few times a year, it’s an excellent choice!

Louisville Attic Wooden Ladder

Best Attic Stairs - Louisville Wood Ladder

Have extra tall ceilings, but don’t want to spend an extra-large fortune trying to reach them? Then the Louisville Ladder L224P pull-down attic stairs could be a perfect choice.

In line with the Louisville brand, this also provides a larger ceiling opening. So when using the attic stairs, you can transport bulkier items upstairs easily. The attic access ladder also reaches ceilings of up to 10 feet. However, it also comes in a smaller size (7-8.75 feet) if you want this product, but you lack the extra height.

Pros:

  • A wooden ladder that makes for less noise and clanging than metal
  • Choose the size that best fits your home with multiple options
  • Extra tall length available for ceilings of up to 10 feet

Cons:

  • This Louisville product only holds up to 250 lbs. This could be a problem when carrying heavier items up the attic staircase.

Verdict:

With extra-wide steps and slip-resistant cross treads, you can use the attic access ladder with confidence while enjoying the affordable price tag.

FAKRO LST 860432 Insulated Steel Scissor Attic Ladder

Best Attic Stairs - FAKRO LST 860432

Extremely compact, sturdy, and safe, this may just be one of the all-time top picks for attic stairs.

The FAKRO LST 860432 is an adjustable attic access ladder that ranges from 7 feet, 2 inches to 9 feet, 6 inches. Made to handle up to 300 pounds and includes a 2-year warranty, these pull-down attic stairs can last a long time.

These stairs have some of the best Amazon ratings. Users highlight how easy it is to install and use this attic staircase. Extremely compact and lightweight, it is easy to pull down whenever you need it. And it’s just as easy to return to its original position.

Moreover, the handrails provide a modern look, but it’s not just about aesthetics! They also make it safe and stable for users when ascending or descending the attic staircase.

Pros:

  • Handrails for safe use
  • Compact design, perfect for small spaces
  • A well-insulated door means attic air stays out of the living spaces

Cons:

  • Expensive stairs, but well worth the price for the design and materials

Verdict:

These are on the expensive side, so not the right choice for those who need bare-bones stairs. It is, however, the perfect choice for anyone who struggles with bulkier, heavier attic stairs and wants something easy and compact.

FAKRO LMS 66866 Insulated Steel Attic Ladder

Best Attic Stairs - FAKRO LMS 66866

These stairs were meant to last forever! Made of tough steel, you will feel extra safe using these stairs to go up to your storage and back down again.

The stair is made entirely of steel, but the opening is made of wood. With multiple sizes to choose from, you can easily find the size that will fit your existing ceiling access hole.

This is another well-insulated staircase from FAKRO. So if the other FAKRO design wasn’t right for you, this may be the right choice!

The door is designed to be perfectly balanced, so there are no surprises when you go to open your stairs. The steps also feature no-slip grips. Safety is key.

Pros:

  • Some of the best insulation for attic access stairs.
  • More affordable stairs, especially when compared to other FAKRO products
  • These stairs will last for many years to come!

Cons:

  • While the steel makes for durable and safe climbing, it also makes for heavier stairs.

Verdict:

While the steel makes for durable stairs and a safe climb, they are not lightweight. This is just about as strong as stairs get. Perfect for those who are looking for simple, reliable, and will last for many years to come.

Werner Ladder for Attic AA1510 AA1510B 

Best Attic Stairs - Werner Ladder

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Werner ladder. The design is one of the most compact. Anyone looking to install and use these stairs in smaller spaces will love this option!

For one of the more affordable options, these attic stairs come with many thoughtful features that make using them a better experience. Featuring a handrail at the top of the pull-down attic stairs for safer use, you can look forward to going up to your storage space. It also includes a plastic assist pole which makes opening and closing easier.

The ladder also extends for ceilings from 7 feet to 9 feet, 10 inches. So you don’t need to worry about getting the right size unless you have abnormally short or tall ceilings.

Pros:

  • The all-aluminum material makes for a lightweight ladder
  • Non-marring feet protect your floors
  • Compact stairs and opening means it’s perfect for tight spaces like closets
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Users report that instructions can be hard to follow. Be prepared to spend a little more time installing to get it right.

Verdict:

Simple, affordable, and easy to use, we think this is a great option for anyone looking for an attic staircase.

Attic Ladder Installation

If you’re fairly handy, and have all of the tools, installing an attic ladder can be a relatively easy DIY project. But in some cases, it can require a lot of time, especially if you don’t have an existing ladder, or if an attic access needs to be constructed.

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For these types of situations, we recommend contacting a qualified home improvement contractor. To find a local professional near you, we recommend using Home Advisor. To get help installing your new attic ladder, visit their website and enter in a few pieces of information about your project. From there, Home Advisor will use their ProFinder Technology and send you up to four pre-screened, local home improvement pros. This will help you get your project done faster and for the best possible price.

Conclusion

Your attic holds so many of your precious belongings. Make sure you don’t dread going up to retrieve your own items! Having the right attic staircase could make you enjoy going up to your storage space.

You must have durable, reliable stairs for accessing your attic. We think all of these products are great in their own way.

But as each home is different, finding the right staircase will depend on your space, budget, and preferences. Before you purchase, make sure you measure out your space (ceiling height, hatch dimensions), pick the material you want, and decide the style you want.

No matter which of these you choose, we think you’ll love your new ladder! Buy your new attic ladder on Amazon and see what a difference it can make.

We all like to save a little money here and there. What if we told you that you could do so and save the planet simultaneously as a New Jersey resident?

Below, you can learn what the New Jersey Clean Energy Program is, what incentives are available, and how to redeem them.

What Is the New Jersey Clean Energy Program?

What is the New Jersey Clean Energy Program

The New Jersey Clean Energy Program is a statewide plan. Its goal is to help New Jersey residents, local governments, and business owners preserve energy. In the process, these beneficiaries save the environment and put some money back into their pockets.

The program’s efforts will contribute to the Energy Master Plan’s goals. This plan is part of the state’s long-term objective to get New Jersey to operate on 100% clean energy by 2050.

Who Runs the New Jersey Clean Energy Program?

Who Runs the New Jersey Clean Energy Program?

The Office of Clean Energy runs the NJ Clean Energy Program. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) established this office in 2003.

This office was there to run the New Jersey program in its early years, and it continues to do so today.

However, the New Jersey Clean Energy Program doesn’t operate privately. Instead, it consists of representatives from multiple industries. Some parties representing the program include government and industry professionals, public interest groups, energy experts, and academicians.

These parties worked to set up stakeholder groups. This way, they can have a say in the New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s operations.

Stakeholder groups facilitate the New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s development and provide advice regarding its goals, objectives, administration, design, budget, and evaluation.

Without its stakeholders, this plan wouldn’t be where it is today.

Anyone, including non-stakeholders, can attend and participate in stakeholder meetings to further facilitate the New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s impact on the state.

What Rebates Are Available for the New Jersey Clean Energy Program?

New Jersey Clean Energy Program Rebates

While the New Jersey Clean Energy Program is all about protecting the environment, you’ll also have the chance to put some money in your pockets.

For Residents

Check out some rebates available for New Jersey residents:

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

The Home Performance program with ENERGY STAR is a whole-house solution. You can add anywhere from 5 to 30% of your energy bill back into your wallet when you enroll.

You can receive a rebate of up to $4,000 and a 0% interest loan. You’ll also get the chance to work with qualified technicians who’ll assess your home’s condition and perform an energy audit to maximize your savings.

Electric Vehicles

The transportation sector emits tons of greenhouse gases, and New Jersey wants to cut these down.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is attempting to register more than 300,000 EVs in the state by 2025. You can receive up to $5,000 from the New Jersey Clean Energy Program when you lease or buy a new, eligible electric vehicle.

Gas/Oil Furnaces & Boilers

You can qualify for a rebate on gas/oil furnaces or boilers depending on your unit’s type and AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). The higher the efficiency level, the greater your reward will be.

Water Heaters

Homeowners often replace water heaters hastily because of emergencies. They’ll select whichever one is the appropriate storage tank size for their building.

However, you should consider several factors when picking the best water heater for your home:

  • Energy efficiency: measures how efficiently your unit burns gas
  • First-hour rating: measures how much water your unit will deliver during a heavy-use hour
  • Equipment capacity: measures how large your unit is (one that’s too big will result in wasted energy)

The rebate from the New Jersey Clean Energy Program will vary depending on which water heater you invest in, but homeowners can receive up to $800 (and even more in some cases)

Heat Pumps

The New Jersey Clean Energy Program calculates rebates for heat pumps based on three rating factors: the HSPF, EER, and SEER. Your heat pump must meet the minimum level for all three rating factors to qualify for the refund.

Mini-Split A/C Systems

Mini-split A/C systems let you adjust the temperatures in individual spaces. They can be efficient if they have good SEER and EER ratings, but older models can harm the environment and your wallet.

The NJCEP offers residents up to $500 to install heat pumps that meet predetermined minimum efficiency levels.

Central Air Conditioners

For its central air conditioner rebates, the NJCEP considers the SEER and EER of the unit and the air handler, coil, and compressor (if applicable). Homeowners may receive anywhere from $300-$500 for an eligible central air conditioner.

Refrigerators

More than 60 million refrigerators in the U.S. are more than ten years old. The NJCEP is doing its part by attempting to weed these products out of homes. It offers anywhere from $25 to $75 for homeowners to install more efficient models.

Clothes Washers

Did you know that the average U.S. household washes nearly 300 laundry loads every year?

As an NJ homeowner, you can buy an ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washer and lower your energy and water costs over the long term. Plus, the NJCEP will give you between $50 and $75 to install a new machine in your house.

Clothes Dryers

Modern clothes dryers certified by ENERGY STAR can use up to 20% less energy than older models. A Baseline ENERGY STAR rebate is $100, but going with a model with the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient label will make you $300 richer.

Appliance Recycling

If you’re planning on putting a new home appliance in, you have to get rid of your old one somehow. Don’t just throw it out — consider recycling it through the New Jersey Clean Energy Program.

You’ll receive a $50 reward for every working refrigerator or freezer you recycle. You can also reach out to the NJCEP to recycle an AC unit for $25, but you must have it ready for pickup during the same appointment as your freezer or refrigerator.

Dehumidifiers, Air Purifiers, and Room ACs

You can qualify for a $50, $25, and $15 rebate when you install a new air purifier, dehumidifier, and room AC unit, respectively.

New Home Construction

Are you planning to build a new home? You can explore one of the four tiers that the NJCEP recognizes and benefit from:

  • Less overall energy use
  • Increased savings
  • High-performance cooling and heating
  • Tighter construction and wall-to-wall comfort
  • Advanced inspections to ensure builders follow strict requirements

For Businesses & Governments

Individuals homeowners aren’t the only ones who can apply for a rebate. NJ businesses and local governments can also seek a refund from the New Jersey Clean Energy Program.

Benchmarking Services

The NJCEP offers benchmarking services to commercial, industrial, institutional, and higher-education buildings.

Through these services, qualified professionals assess a facility’s energy performance and compare it to other buildings. They’ll then provide an informative report that details new technologies to implement and accompanying financial incentives to reduce the cost of the new projects.

Pay for Performance

Another way the New Jersey Clean Energy Program helps businesses and governments is through its Pay for Performance program. This program offers incentives for whole-building energy advancements.

Larger buildings most often take advantage of this program. As you start to look into this program, the NJCEP will help you find an approved partner so you can seek services directly under a reputable contractor.

Combined Heat and Power

One of the more specific programs available for businesses and governments deals with Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and fuel cells. The NJCEP offers generous rebates on these products, as they reduce heat waste for intensive industrial and commercial processes.

How to Submit a Rebate for the New Jersey Clean Energy Program

How to Submit a Rebate for NJ Clean Energy Program

If you’ve made improvements to your home and want to take advantage of the rebates, you have two options:

Applying Online through the NJ Clean Energy Program Portal

We recommend applying for a rebate online, as this method will be the fastest way to earn your reward. Alternatively, you can fill out a printed paper form and mail it in, but it’ll take much longer for you to receive compensation.

If possible, fill out your application online. Navigate to the rebate you’re interested in and click on either the Customer or Contractor Portal (whichever one applies to you). Then, select the “Start a Rebate Application” button.

You’ll need to verify your eligibility, assemble your account numbers, and gather the appropriate documents. You can see all the documents you need before you start the application.

Applying through Your Utility Company

Right now, you have to apply for a rebate through the New Jersey Clean Energy Program website. However, you’ll soon be able to apply directly through your utility company.

This convenience will make it even simpler for you to enroll in the program, save money, and improve the environment’s health.

How Long Does it Take to Receive NJ Clean Energy Rebate

On average, it can take 90-120 days to receive your rebate.

What Resources Does the New Jersey Clean Energy Program Offer?

NJ Clean Energy Program Resources

You can visit the New Jersey Clean Energy Program website for a comprehensive list of resources. These resources include downloadable applications and informative program presentations.

You can also visit a separate website called the New Jersey Clean Energy Learning Center. This site is the main program’s educational portal. It contains multiple video presentations and guides to help you better understand the program as a whole.

Conclusion — Understanding the New Jersey Clean Energy Program

The New Jersey Clean Energy Program is an excellent way to encourage residents, businesses, and local governments to implement eco-friendly energy initiatives.

The program has run successfully for nearly twenty years and shows no signs of stopping. Visit the official website to learn more. Start applying for rebates and earn money for your eco-friendly efforts!