Check out 150 vendors during annual home show

October 23, 2014 - storage organizer

As tumble seems to scurry by, a winter that is expected to be as bad or worse than final year’s is peering around a subsequent corner.

The probability of another frigid spiral is adequate for us to bar a windows and doors, seat down and try make a homes as gentle and gentle as possible.

Enter a 12th Annual Fall Eastern Pennsylvania Home Show, Saturday and Sunday during a Agri-Plex during a Allentown Fairgrounds.

Homeowners, do-it-yourselfers and anyone else perplexing to stay make it by another prolonged winter can find all they need to make that occur underneath one roof this weekend. More than 150 companies will be on hand, from window installers to groundwork waterproofers to closet creators and lavatory renovators.

“This year people continue to demeanour for ways to save energy,” says Charmagne Harris, uncover coordinator for Jenks Productions of Wethersfield, Conn., uncover organizer.

“We’re anticipating that for a tumble home shows, people are meddlesome in increasing and improved insulation. Also, they wish windows, doors, siding and roofing,” she says.

But that’s not all. For a lot of folks, removing by a winter includes a home restoration plan to keep we busy.

How hitch a facelift for your kitchen?

This year plain surfaces are renouned in a kitchen as an choice to marble or granite, says Harris. Stone, cambria and some composites demeanour good and don’t stain.

Indeed, a petrify aspect is one that Maui Kitchens of Bethlehem will have on display, says owners David Iacovone.

But a innovations don’t stop there for a man who invites his clients to take a vacation from remodeling and go with Maui. OK, it’s not a outing to Hawaii, though a name is catchy, right?

“It’s your possess private island,” Iacovone says, joking.

But seriously, Iacovone has a “big understanding” of what goes into a kitchen, he says, since he’s also a chef. He knows what people who prepare wish in a kitchen: storage, access, improved lighting and more.

Trending these days are wooden operation hoods. There’s no some-more x-ray over a stove, he says.

The operation hood gives a demeanour of carrying seat in a kitchen.

But where did a x-ray go?

“That’s now in a x-ray drawer,” he says, “It’s many safer there.” You’re no longer pulling prohibited coffee or soup down from eye-level, he says. You’re many reduction expected to brief it and bake yourself when we lift from a reduce point.


From a oppulance realm, Weil Clocks of Allentown specializes in grandfather, says co-owner Cindy Weil.

“We get a lot of business from a correct side of a business,” Weil says.

Some of a grandfather clocks are new, some are refurbished and some are antique, she says. Refurbished clocks are a ones whose relocating parts, or works, have been restored, she says. It’s surprising for anything to be finished to a pleasing timber on a outward of a clock.

Weil and her partner and father Rick started doing large home shows in a early 1990s. They were singular to Christmas time before that, and were customarily found usually in malls.

Now that a economy is picking adult a bit, sales of oppulance equipment are following suit, she says.

Prices can be as high as hundreds to thousands of dollars, or as low as $1,500.

But removing behind to a frigid spiral and staying gentle this winter.

The Edwin Stipe Co., formed in Easton, loves home shows to uncover off new technology, says Roy Young, a company’s ubiquitous manager.

When it’s time to reinstate or ascent a heating system, Young says, he finds there are dual camps:

The initial is a patron who is meddlesome in a simple furnace and can’t unequivocally means to caring about efficiency.

Then there’s a patron who wants to control his thermostat from a beach.

The initial patron is excellent with a furnace being, on average, 80 percent efficient, Young says, and that’s fine.

But Edwin Stipe Co. also has all a bells and whistles that will prove a techie.

At a show, for example, a association will uncover a gas boiler, a tankless H2O heater, a high potency gas furnace and a ductless heater.

Usually a H2O heater will enclose 50 or 80 gallons of prohibited H2O and when it’s done, your showering gets cold genuine quick.

“But a tankless H2O heater doesn’t feverishness until we ask it to, though it heats a H2O as quick as we use it,” Young says.

Young says a association also has computer-controlled systems that work good even when temperatures drop to 0 degrees. An normal feverishness siphon works good until a outside temp falls next 32 degrees.

“What we wish is a top Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER, we can get. The smallest we can buy now is 13 SEER, though a attention is perplexing to get absolved of those. A SEER of 20 is dramatically some-more efficient,” he says.

Of march a many fit is a geothermal heating complement that requires drilling 50-foot low holes in a customer’s yard. The designation cost is high — adult to $30,000 — though a third comes behind in taxation service immediately, Young says. And there is really small cost concerned once a complement is in place. It also has a SEER of 40 so we know it’s about as fit as we can get.

Of course, all this techno speak will gimlet a children, so if they’re in tow, a home uncover offers some treats.

The Lehigh Valley Garden Railroaders will yield a arrangement of trains, bridges, tunnels and signals to keep kids mesmerized. And during a Home Depot Kids Workshop, children can emanate a plan during no cost.

Mariella Miller is a freelance writer.

Jodi Duckett, editor



When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26

Where: Agri-Plex during Allentown Fairgrounds

How much: $8; $7, seniors; free, underneath 12; $1 off with a concession of a non-perishable food object to advantage a Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank


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