Does your home have a whole-home humidifier? If so, here are some tips and information on setting your humidifier and how too much or too little humidity may affect your home.
Setting The Indoor Humidity |
If your home does have a whole-house humidifier, it will be attached to the furnace or HVAC system. For most homes, a comfortable relative humidity throughout the summer, spring, and fall seasons is around 30% and 50%. Having the humidity set at this level will allow your family to be comfortable in your home throughout most of the year.
With that being said, in the colder months, such as the winter season, you may need to re-adjust the humidity level when the temperature drops significantly. If you keep your home at 50% humidity, this may cause condensation that can damage your home’s window sills and walls. For example, when the temperature is between 0 and 10 degrees, having the humidity set at 20% will better serve your home and result in fewer chances of damages. Another example will be to set your humidity level to 25% if the outdoor temperature is 10 to 20 degrees.
You would have to track the outdoor temperature in those cases, which can be a bit of a bother. If you don’t want to do that, you can set your humidifier between 30% and 50%, then lower the humidity if you start to notice window concentration.
Too Much Humidity |
Unfortunately, too much humidity can cause a lot of damage to your beautiful home. When warm, moist air comes in contact with a dry surface, the water in the air condenses, which creates water droplets. Here are some ways you can determine excess humidity:
Frequent fogging of windows. The right relative humidity allows slight condensation along the lower edges of the windows.
Science Trick. Take a glass and drop some ice cubes in it. Wait 3 minutes and if moisture forms on the outisde of the glass, the air is too humid.
Moisture Buildup. Moisture buildup or mold on closet walls or room ceilings also indicate high humidity.
Cleaning your Whole House Humidifier |
Turn off the device! Make sure it is unplugged to avoid any electric shock. Go ahead and disassemble the unit to start cleaning.
Empty Water. once you have emptied the water reservoir, you can fill it to about 2/3rd level. Then add some chlorine bleach. (This will get rid of any microbes)
Replace the water panel. This will need to be replaced annually. (Please read instruction manual for replacement.)
Clean outer body. Lastly you will need to clean the outside of the humidifer. Dip a cloth in warm water or you can use diluted vineger.
Once you are finished cleaning, make sure to re-assemble your humidifier correctly!
We hope you found this information helpful on Whole House Humidifier. If you do not have one of these in your homes & are thinking of building, don’t hesitate to contact us to answer your questions! Click here for our contact information.
Some of us don’t want to admit it, but the Fall/Winter season is upon us, and we want to make sure your homes are in tip-top shape to withstand these seasons. Here are 5 things that we recommend to get your home ready for the fall & winter seasons!
1. Clean Gutters!
Gutters are one part of your home that you don’t always think to clean when getting ready for the colder months. But they are probably one of the most important parts of the home to clean, especially this time of year! Your gutter drains thousands of gallons of water from your roof, and if not cleaned properly, you could end up with a lot of interior and exterior damage. So make sure to get those gutters clean while it is still nice outside!
2. Change your filters!
Another thing to always do before the cold season is to change your filters. It is much harder to keep your home at a temperature that won’t make your heating bills go crazy if your filters are clogged. Changing the filters should be done every 3-6 months, but you can get away with it before fall rolls around.
3. Fertilize and cut the lawn for the last mow of the year!
What a sad event this will be..cutting the lawn for the last time. This definitely means the end of the warm season, and here comes the brutal winter. Fertilizing and mowing it down for the winter will make your lawn look brand new once spring hits! Also, once you apply the fertilizer, it’ll prevent winter damage, which will also help turn the lawn greener in the spring! We recommend using “Scotts Turf Builder Winterguard Fall Lawn Food”!
4. Drain & disconnect outdoor faucets.
PLEASE disconnect and remove all hoses from the outdoor faucets! This will prevent any water from freezing. Fortunately, our hose bibs are frost-free, meaning you do not need to turn them off, but for added precaution and peace of mind, they can be.
5. Test winter equipment!
No one wants the pain of realization that their snow blower isn’t working when it’s 7 in the morning, and you need to get your car out to get to work on time. So, please check all your winter equipment that it is running well and working properly!
We hope you enjoyed learning about these 5 tips to get your home ready for the fall & winter seasons! If you have any questions about our company, please click here to get in contact with us!
The newest Jon Huss Custom Home is here. This beautiful home is officially complete, and since there are so many aspects of this home that we love, we are giving you an inside look into the details of this custom home. Throughout the blog post,we will also be highlighting the subcontractors that helped us create this gorgeous home. We hope you enjoy it!
What a show-stopping color our client picked for their home. The red-colored siding, provided by Wisconsin Building Supply, is gorgeous! This home’s brick matches perfectly with the red siding, giving it a farmhouse look, but adding the brick brings it to a whole new level. Thank you to our friends at Darboy Stone and Brick!
Kitchen & Dining |
Our favorite part about this home is that it incorporates many styles, especially the kitchen & dining area. The timeless subway tile blends well with the modern light fixtures (Lighting By Design) and our clients’ antique furniture. Of course,we have to point out the beautiful green cabinets provided by our friends at Valley Cabinet Inc. The light, sage green color matches well with the kitchen’s darker accents, such as the countertop (Granite Co.), certain cabinets, and some of the hardware.
Main living Spaces |
These living spaces are breathtaking. Cozy and inviting is what comes to mind when looking at these spaces. Located off the dining area, this provides an open floor plan, making the space feel very cohesive. The focal point of this space is obviously the beautiful all brick fireplace. Thank you to our friends at VanHandel Masonry for installing all the brick.
Here we have gorgeous bathrooms and tile showers. A very clean and classic look with the white tile and adding some fun tiling throughout the bathroom and shower. Thank you to our friends at HJ Martin for providing and installation of this tile.
Last but certainly not least, we wanted to showcase some very cool aspects of the home. Throughout this house, our clients used different wallpaper to spice up the space. As you can see in their home office, they decided on the gorgeous Marlyn Monroe wallpaper. Our clients also added a home theatre to their home, and how cool is that movie theatre-themed carpeting? We love it!
We hoped you love getting an inside look at this newly finished Jon Huss Custom Home! Our clients were so fun to work with, and we appreciate them so much for letting us build their home and challenging us as a builder to create their absolute dream home. If you would like more information about our custom homes, please click here; our staff would love to give you a free consultation at our in-house design center.
If you would like to see even more photos of this home, please click here!
Have you heard the phrase, “the kitchen is the heart of the home”? If so, then you know how much detail and specific style goes into designing a kitchen. We wanted to showcase our favorite Jon Huss Custom Home kitchen islands because this piece is something everyone uses in the home. Whether it’s to cook on, do homework, or bake a cake for a birthday, a kitchen island can hold many memories for our clients. So we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Parade Home | Combined Locks
This first kitchen island is unique. There is a lot of contrast going on, but it all blends very well together. Having the dark wood tone against the patterned countertops creates a great contrast between the two. Something specific about this island is the sink is located in it. Different clients have different preferences, but this is a popular trend to have your sink located within your island.
Custom Home | De Pere
Colorful but simple! Moving onto this kitchen island, we see a colorful base with a simple marble countertop. As you can see, this island exhibits space underneath for barstools or even storage. The shape of the island adds an A-symmetrical modern style to the kitchen. Like in the last kitchen island, the sink is also located within the island.
Parade Home | Combined Locks
What a beautiful large island! This island has great space for multiple seats. Like the first island we showed, this one here has a similar pattern countertop, but the island’s base is a darker tone. This allows for a more cohesive color palette, matching the barstools and other details of the kitchen.
Parade Home | Greenville
Who doesn’t love a pop of color! We love this kitchen island because our client chose this beautiful blue color for their island. It matches so well with the gold accents and darker tone cabinets. The rest of their home features pops of color from the furniture, so incorporating this color for the island allows for a cohesive palette throughout the home.
Custom Home | Little Chute
CLASSIC! What a perfect word for this kitchen island. This island is the classic combination of a large surface area, darker tone base, with a gorgeous granite countertop. We absolutely love this client’s pick for the classic white cabinets with the dark tone island color. You can never go wrong with a classic color palette and layout for your kitchen island.
We hope you enjoyed seeing our favorite Jon Huss Custom Home kitchen islands. Hopefully, you now know there are so many options and styles when creating your kitchen island. Every detail is so important, and those details can turn into the heart of your new home. If you have any questions about building or want more information about our company, click here! Our team would love to talk with you and give you a free consultation!
With being in the midst of the summer season, we wanted to showcase our favorite Jon Huss Custom Home outdoor spaces! We hope you enjoy these spaces as much as we do.
Parade Home | Combined Locks
The first outdoor space features a gorgeous stone fireplace perfect for even those colder months. This outdoor space provides the perfect amount of space for outdoor furniture, as well as a grill. It makes for the perfect space to entertain with two access points from the living room and kitchen.
Custom Home | De Pere
This outdoor space is the perfect contender for the summer season. With it being totally enclosed, no one has to deal with those pesky mosquitos. Not only is it enclosed, but if you look at the right photo, there is a window that opens to the outdoor space. This allows a perfect way to entertain guests while getting food or drinks ready in the kitchen.
Parade Home | Combined Locks
A simple but great outdoor space with gorgeous ceiling beams to add a sense of coziness to the space. It provides room for furniture, grill, plants, and anything you could want for your outdoor space with a generous amount of space.
Custom | Cornrow
A more traditional outdoor space featuring an upper-level deck. This classic space is perfect for those who enjoy sun tanning or the sun in general, perfect for the summertime. If you look below, there is an area of a covered lower-level walkout as well. The best of both worlds!
Custom | Crown Pointe
Another gorgeous upper-level deck. This outdoor space provides optimal space for any furniture or accessories. A sliding door leading into the kitchen/living room allows for great access to the main heart of the home. This homeowner even added heaters on the ceiling, which is perfect for our Wisconsin climate.
We hope you enjoyed seeing our favorite Jon Huss Custom Home outdoor spaces. If you would like to see more of our homes, click here. Have questions about building or want more information about our company, click here! Our team at Jon Huss Custom Homes would love to talk with you and give you a free consultation!
At Jon Huss Custom Homes, railings are our specialty. When building our client’s dream homes, we always consider building a custom railing to match the style of their home. In this post, we have chosen our top 5 favorite Jon Huss railings. We hope you love them as much as we do.
Custom Home | Design Drive
This first railing is the perfect simple, modern detail that represented this home’s style so well. With clean lines and classic black color, you can’t go wrong with a railing like this. Even with its simplicity, this railing compliments the rest of the home perfectly.
Custom Home | Solitude
This railing encompasses the perfect mixture of the two styles, modern & farmhouse. The white accent color and lighter stain of the floor, paired with black, absolutely exhibits a Modern Farmhouse. A mixture of styles is a challenge but always ends up being a favorite because you get the best of both worlds.
Custom Home | Neenah
Another simple but gorgeous railing. Like the first one showed, this too has a simple design but adds flair with the different line design within the railing. Adding that design adds a farmhouse aspect while still exhibiting simplicity and modern style.
Parade Home | Combined Locks
This style of railing must be popular! Here again, we see this simplistic modern farmhouse design. But with this one, the base color is white. This white color breaks up the dark iron railing and allows for a more light and airy feeling, complimenting the carpet and wall color.
Parade Home | Combined Locks
Last but certainly not least, we have a gorgeous mixed material railing. Not only is it eye-catching, but it also matches the rest of the home perfectly. Throughout the home, you will see the same stain of wood and metal touches. Having a railing with mixed material allows the home to convey a cohesive style.
We hope you loved diving into our favorite Jon Huss Custom Homes railings. If you would like to see more of our custom homes, click here. Have questions about building or want more information about our company, click here to contact us for a free consultation.
At Jon Huss Custom Homes, we strive to give our clients their exact dream home, and a lot of the time, that includes a unique fireplace for the heart of the home. In this post, we have chosen a few of our favorite Jon Huss fireplaces. We hope you love them as much as we do.
Custom Home | Solitude
This fireplace is definitely a favorite, and how could it not be? The statement mantle brings a bold and modern style to this farmhouse home. Now, this piece might not be your cup of tea, but it is definitely a unique and eye-catching addition to this home.
Parade Home | Kimberly
For this parade home, the Jon Huss Team decided to create two fireplaces. One in the living room and another in the other common area. Even though both of them are quite different, they are still cohesive in style. Of course, you wouldn’t want two of the same fireplaces in your home but having them be similar in color or style is great to keep a cohesive style throughout your home. Which one is your favorite?
Custom Home | Rose Tree
Isn’t that stone gorgeous? With the help of our friends from DarboyStone, they supplied us with this beautiful stone to create the fireplace in this home. A true statement piece displayed in the home’s living room is bound to create coziness and all-around entertainment for family and guests.
Custom Home | Neenah
Another beautiful stone fireplace but with an added modern wood & metal mantle. The stone matches perfectly with the stain of the wood mantle. This particular fireplace brings a warm tone to this home and allows for cozy fires on cold winter days or chilly fall mornings.
Parade Home | Kimberly
WOW… is all we have to say about this fireplace. This is the ultimate statement piece to have in your home. With the high ceilings in this home, our team decided it would be best for the fireplace to match that height. This allows for great symmetry between the ceilings, windows, and fireplace.
We hope you loved seeing some of our favorite Jon Huss Custom Home fireplaces! If you would like to see more of our custom homes, click here. Have questions about building or want more information about our company, click here to contact us for a free consultation!
Hardwood flooring is a gorgeous addition to any home. At Jon Huss Custom Homes we love implementing hardwood flooring into most of our custom homes. Specifically, Ralphs’s Hard Wood Flooring. In multiple Jon Huss Custom Homes, we have used Ralphs Hardwood Flooring and the floors are always gorgeous. Now how do we keep these gorgeous hardwood floors to look just like they did when the home was first built? Well, Ralph Hardwood Flooring has some great tips on how to do so.
Preventative Care |
Protect Heavy Traffic Areas
One way you can prevent long-term damage to your hardwood floors is to “protect heavy traffic areas” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions). A good way to protect the floors while also allowing your home to have a homey feel is adding rugs to areas where you tend to be more than others.; “rugs near sinks and doors leading to the outside.” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions).
Monitor the humidity within your home
Another way to make sure to prevent any future wear and tear is to monitor the humidity within your home. “Hardwood floors shrink and expand with changes in the atmosphere.” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions). In some cases when the humidity increase, cupping occurs when the floors absorb moisture and expand. Don’t worry there is an easy fix to make sure cupping doesn’t happen, putting an air condition or dehumidifier during the summer, and using a humidifier during the winter. “Keep your relative humidity as close to 40% as possible by keeping the humidity level below 50% in the summer and above 30% in the winter.” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions).
Be conscious of sunlight
Even though natural lighting makes your home feel brighter, it might not be the best thing for your hardwood floors. Unfortunately “intense sunlight will discolor floors” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions). The recommendation is to do your best to try to protect your floors from direct sunlight. Now, this might seem impossible, but it is more than normal to see some discoloration within your floors over time. If you do have rugs placed on your hardwood floors to prevent contrast, “we recommend moving them from time to time.” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions).
Occasional Care |
Dusting the floor is great and you can do it as much as you would like. If you are using a dust mop, “make sure it does not have any solvents on it.” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions).
Just like dusting, you can also vacuum the floor as much as you want. Always be sure “the vacuum you are using has a soft bristle brush which will not scratch the floor” (Ralphs’s floor care instructions).
We hope you enjoyed learning about all the ways you can keep your hardwood floors looking gorgeous for years to come! Jon Huss Custom Homes also thanks Ralphs Hardwood Flooring for providing this information on their website. If you would like more information on hardwood flooring and care, please visit their website here!
Earth day is a special day when businesses and individuals come together to appreciate the ground we live, work and play on. Here at Jon Huss Custom Homes, we do the most we can to build our homes by always being environmentally conscious. To do just that Jon Huss Custom Homes is part of the Focus on Energy Certification Program!
Here are some of the ways we implement sustainable practices into our homes:
Reduce energy waste | For example, the 827 million kilowatt-hours and 26 million therms saved by Focus on Energy in 2018 could power more than 86,000 homes for one year. That’s a lot of homes!
Using less natural resources | When eliminating energy waste prevents the need to purchase coal and natural gas.
Energy efficiency | Monthly electrical, space heating, and cooling savings. We provide multiple inspections to ensure airtightness & leakage prevention.
We hope making these changes to the way we build our homes helps sustain our earth. Jon Huss Custom Homes will always be looking to be sustainably conscious, HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Buying a home can be pretty scary to some but can you imagine building your dream… Well, when you work with a custom builder like Jon Huss Custom Homes, we make the process exciting. We have created a checklist to see if you are ready to build a new home.
1. You ran the numbers.
A lot of people will never consider building a new home because they assume it will be more expensive than buying a used home. That is not the case.
In 2020, used homeowners have spent over 1 billion dollars more in home maintenance and repairs than owners of newly built homes.
If you are trying to decide between building a fresh, new home and renovating a troubled older home, leap to dig into that fresh ground! In most cases when people try to repair older homes, they are just putting bandages on permanent problems.
With that being said, if these thoughts have crossed your mind or started a conversation, that’s a sign you’re eager and ready to build a new home!
2. You can’t find the right home.
Finding a new home can be quite a journey. Open house after open house, constant checking on Zillow, never finding exactly what you want. This can be exhausting and frustrating.
Unfortunately, most people won’t find the perfect location, close to work, school, and a great neighborhood. Not to mention the style you prefer, square footage, or a dream kitchen you’ve always wanted.
You want to avoid this back-and-forth nightmare as much as possible. Thankfully there is a way to get out of that nightmare: BUILD A NEW HOME! There are so many benefits to building a new home but the best one is getting exactly what you want!
If this nightmare describes your current situation, that is a sign you’re ready to build a new home!
3. You hate surprises.
While buying an older home might seem like the better decision, it can actually cause some unwanted surprises. There could be a plumbing issue that could cause flooding, needing to replace a roof in five years or needing to replace old appliances.
Sadly, when buying an older home, these unanticipated and expensive problems can occur at any point.
On the more positive side, building a new home means that everything in your home will be brand new and likely under warranty! (Jon Huss Custom Homes actually provides a customer care warranty). So when building a new home there will be no expensive surprise repairs that you will need to worry about.
Another positive about building new, is you know exactly what you are getting into. Our team will take you step by step through our building process. We will also be super transparent in constructing the floor plan so that you know exactly what your home will look like, inside and out.
If you would like to avoid the unwelcome surprises of buying a used home, then building a new home is the right move for you!
4. You want an energy efficient home.
Have you been wanting to be more sustainable when it comes to your home? Well building a new home would do just that! (especially with Jon Huss Custom Homes)
Jon Huss Custom Homes is a part of a New Home Certification Program called, Focus on Energy! This program allows our homes to be more energy-efficient. Our certified new homes are at least 25% more energy efficient than current Wisconsin building code requirements. Not only will you be saving energy, but you will also enjoy: premium indoor air quality, protection against mold and carbon monoxide, lower utility bills, consistent temperatures, and superior ventilation.
These are all advantages of not only building a new home but building a new home that is energy efficient.
If you have been wanting your home to be more energy-efficient, then building a new home would be the right decision for you!
5. Have a phone?
If you answered yes to that question, then you are more than ready to start building a new home with us! It is really that simple. Just pick up your phone, call us and we will set up an appointment with you to come to our in-house design center. We will discuss everything, from questions to concerns, to your wants and needs for your new home!
We are more than happy to explain our build process and help you in any way we can to ease your mind.
So if you have a phone and you have checked off most of the things on this checklist, you are definitely ready to build and should give us a call, we would love to hear from you! You can find our contact information here.
Take a look at our custom homes from some of the past parade and showcase events! These homes are located within the Fox Cities area. Every home is custom designed to meet our buyers vision . You can also find more pictures of these homes in our photo gallery within our website.
Haven Ridge | Winnagamie Parade
This home features 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths, located in Combined Locks.
This open concept kitchen features a large island with a unique granite top. It also provides a sliding door walk out to the covered porch.
Solitude | Brown County Showcase
This home features 5 Beds, 4.5 Baths, Located in Suamico.
A Modern Farmhouse flare, this living room brings both styles together with its hard wood flooring and dark industrial fireplace.
Crown Pointe | Brown County Showcase
This home features 5 Beds, 3.5 Baths, located in De Pere.
This kitchen provides not only your basic utilities but also a wine cooler, as well as a large island for gathering.
Roland | Parade
This home features 3 Beds, 2.5 Baths, located in Combined Locks.
A gorgeous open concept lets this kitchen flow into the dinning area, as well as looking into the heart room. With unique detail of the backsplash and light fixtures, this kitchen provides everything.
If you are wanting to see one of our custom designs in person, the 2021 Fox Cities Parade of Homes is right around the corner! In this parade we are featuring a 5 bedroom, modern 4,826 Sq ft, 2 story with an industrial flare. It will be showing February 6-7 & 11-14 2021. If you would like more information about the event, please visit the HBA Fox Cities website.
Before you get started consult with a custom builder to design the plan to best fit your lot.
Did you know that we will walk your lot or potential lot for FREE. Our staff has over 30 years of site and land experience specializing in water properties and wood lots. We will consider the best way to place your new home and the exposure you’re looking for.
2. Choosing/Designing a floor plan.
Pick a Custom Builder with years of experience to help you design your custom floor plan. Now that you have your idea, let the builder pull from his tested and built homes to combine your ideas with his experience and knowledge of design that will work for what you are specifically looking for.
Did you know we have over 30 years of custom home building experience? We work hand and hand with customers to design the home they want and offer our personal experience of ideas that will flow and blend to give them the home they are looking for.
Join us from May 16th to May 29th for our Gallery of Homes Tour!
For our event this year we are doing things a bit different with these three great options that will still allow you to see these beautiful homes.
~ Live FaceTime Videos
~ Virtual tours/Vidoes
~ Self-Guided on–site tours of our available homes
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you would like a digital gallery book with all the home info and floor plans please email the address above. Once you have looked at our gallery book and have chosen how you would like to see the homes from our three options, we will help you accordingly!
Tour custom homes throughout the Brown County Home Builders Association by top builders! Tickets required. Event begins Septrmber 15th-16th and continues September 20th-23rd! For more details visit: BCHBA Events
One weekend- 11 new construction homes available to tour and purchase! Speak with designers, bank representatives, see new subdivisions and lots available for your next build and pick up your complimentary plan book! To register for tickets: FOX VALLEY GALLERY OF HOMES
Why wait until Spring to start designing your dream home? If you are hoping to build a custom home next year, beat the rush and schedule your consulation with Jon Huss Custom Homes today! Take advantage of our Free Planning Event! Every Thursday in December stop in at our office between 9am-5pm to enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, a tour of our Design Center, a sneak peek at some of our newest custom plans for 2017 or bring us your floor plan for a hassel-free consultation! Thursdays not the best day? Schedule an appointment when it’s convenient for you! Or call 920-759-9805