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8 Steps to Take Now to Winterize Your Home

November 25, 2015 | by
Hose Bibs

With winter’s cold weather just around the corner, now is the time to winterize your home. Here are 8 easy steps to take this week.

  1. Winterize your hose bibs. If you leave water in lines that service your hoses, you risk a busted pipe and costly water damage that may not be covered by warranties and insurance. Begin by turning off the water to your house bibs via the shut-off valve(s) in your garage or utility closet. Next, open and drain all exterior bibs (leaving the valve open all winter). If your shut-off valve includes a bleeder, your last step is to remove the cap on the bleeder and let the remaining water drain out into a bucket. Replace the cap on the bleeder once the draining is complete.
  2. Clear your gutters and downspouts. Damming and ice buildup in your gutters can cause your gutters to pull away from your house and/or water to build up under the shingles and eventually into the house. You can decrease the likelihood of these fates by clearing your gutters of leaves and other obstructions.
  3. Check your window seals and exterior door thresholds. Air drafts from your windows and doors will cause you to lose heat and require your system to work harder to keep your home warm. First, make sure all windows are latched for proper seal between upper and lower sashes. Second, check thresholds on all exterior doors and adjust them by simply turning the screws. Typically, in winter months, due to contraction, you may need to raise the threshold to prevent cold air drafts from under the doors. You’ll want to check and adjust them again when the weather warms up next year.
  4. Clean or replace your furnace filters. Failure to keep your filters clean can create uneven airflow and put an unnecessary strain on the system, which may void your warranty. Maintenance providers recommend changing your filters up to once per month during the winter season, but consult your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations. Changing your filters will also help to keep your evaporator coils clean (See #5).
  5. Clean your HVAC’s condensate lines and evaporator coils. Dirty evaporator coils in your furnace can cause condensate lines to clog and then back up causing water damage to your home. We recommend that you have a licensed professional HVAC service technician check and clean your system on an annual basis.
  6. Balance your system’s airflow by adjusting the supply registers. Begin with the coldest room first by adjusting the supply registers to the full open position. Set the thermostat to maintain the desired temperature in the coldest room, then adjust all the other supply registers accordingly in the warmer rooms until you have balanced the entire system. If you have a single heating unit, make sure that your volume dampers (located in your mechanical room) are set appropriately for the winter season.
  7. Keep the outdoor unit clear. With all the leaves that have fallen off trees in recent weeks, now is a good time to check our outdoor heat pump unit. The accumulation of anything (including snow or ice) on or around the unit can cause inefficiency or damage to the unit, so you will want to check it regularly throughout winter. In an EYA townhouse, your heat pump is the taller of the two outdoor units and has a model number that starts with the letters HP.
  8. Warm up your gas fireplace. Don’t wait until five minutes before your holiday party to turn on your fireplace for the first time! The initial use of your gas fireplace requires eight to 10 hours of constant burn on high to remove any chemical odors. We recommend that you open your windows to allow constant fresh air in the room during this period. This may also help prevent your smoke detector from activating.

And here are five bonus tips that don’t need to be taken asap, but you should consider as fall rolls into winter:

  • If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time, turn off the main water supply (but not the supply to the sprinkler system) and keep all interior doors open to allow warm air to circulate.
  • When it snows, be sure to clear drains and downspouts to avoid water seepage into your home. Do not allow snow to build up or around doors and windows.
  • On extremely cold days, you may find it more comfortable to switch your thermostat setting from auto to on, which keeps air continuously circulating through the system rather than frequently cycling it off and on. Close the doors to any unused rooms.
  • Open window treatments during the day where windows face the sun to allow for passive heat to enter through the glass; Close the treatments at night to retain the heat in your home. Furniture and area rugs will also help to retain heat. (Yes, we just gave you an excuse to go shopping!)
  • Seal your garage slab to prevent damage from melting road salts, or periodically clean your concrete slab if it is untreated. Also be cautious not to use any chemicals or salts that will damage brick sidewalks.

EYA Readies to Open Montgomery Row

June 3, 2015 | by
Montgomery Row Bethesda Townhomes

This Saturday, June 6th, EYA will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Bethesda townhome community, Montgomery Row.

Perfectly situated steps from acclaimed shopping and dining at Westfield Montgomery Mall and Shops at Wildwood, Montgomery Row is a new brand of modern townhome living. The neighborhood will include 168 luxury townhomes with garage parking and rooftop terraces, along with onsite park, promenade, and bikeshare. The community plans to offer a shuttle to Metro, as well.

Architecture is decidedly contemporary, with oversized windows, sleek bay projections, steel railings, and thoughtful details throughout. Advanced home automation, multi-generational suites and outdoor rooftop kitchens are also available. EYA will seek LEED certification for the homes.

The onsite sales center will open for pre-construction sales on Saturday, June 6th at 11 AM at 10435 Fernwood Road in Bethesda. New homes, priced from the $700s, are expected to be ready for move-in starting in Spring 2016.

Tapas & Tours at Chelsea Heights Model Grand Opening

May 27, 2015 | by
Chelsea Heights

This Saturday, May 30th, from Noon – 4 PM, enjoy an afternoon tour of EYA’s all-new Crawford model home at Chelsea Heights, and delight in Tapas and Sangria from locally-renowned Ridgewell’s Catering.

The Crawford model is one of EYA’s largest model homes at over 2,600 square feet. Three luxury levels include an oversized study on the entry level with 2-car garage in the rear, spacious open main living level with island kitchen perfect for entertaining, three generous bedrooms on the upper level and one of the area’s most relaxing rooftop terraces, with available outdoor fireplace and wetbar.

Chelsea Heights offers the ultimate lock-and-go lifestyle. Within moments, Whole Foods, restaurants, theater, entertainment venues and Metro are just steps from your front door. Low-maintenance, eco-friendly new construction means the weekends are meant for pure leisure.

Join EYA on Saturday for the grand opening of the Crawford model home, located at 25 Ellsworth Heights Street in Silver Spring. For directions, call 301-565-6700 or visit EYA.com.

Embrace Green Living in Silver Spring

March 7, 2015 | by
On Saturday March 28th, discover all things green at Montgomery County’s inaugural Green Fest!
Enjoy exhibitions, job fair, demonstrations, live entertainment, children’s entertainment, green eats and more.
The event is sponsored by 13 different government, non-profit and university partners. Volunteer positions are still available.
Green Fest will be located at 7995 Georgia Avenue, just a short 1-mile walk from EYA’s townhomes at Chelsea Heights, a LEED for Homes certified neighborhood.

EYA Earns Approval for Rock Spring Site in Bethesda

July 30, 2014 | by

Earlier this month, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved our plan to build a 168 townhome community in Rock Spring Park in Bethesda. The community will be located across the street from Marriot’s headquarters and is walking distance to Montgomery Mall, Wildwood Shopping Center and Georgetown Square, with easy access to I-270 and I-495 as well.

The new homes will have an upscale modern feel and feature open floorplans, large windows, and rooftop terraces. The neighborhood will offer plenty of green space for residents to enjoy, including a large central courtyard and park area. As with almost every home that EYA builds, the townhomes will be built to LEED for Home standards.

Sales center opening Spring 2015! Prices are projected to start from the $700s.

The Rock Spring site will be our 10th community in Montgomery County. We currently have two projects under construction and now selling in the county, Little Falls Place and Chelsea Heights. Rock Spring is one of four EYA neighborhoods located in Montgomery County planned to open in 2015.

Cool Roofs, Cool Effects

July 15, 2014 | by
EYA's new townhomes at Old Town Commons have environmentally friendly, white painted, cool roofs. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.EYA's new townhomes at Old Town Commons have environmentally friendly, white painted, cool roofs. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

According to a recent article posted on Grist, “cool roofs save money by keeping indoor temperatures more comfortable in warm weather and reducing the need for air conditioning.” In this case, a “cool roof” is flat rooftop that has a brightly colored roofing membrane, most commonly, white, in order to reflect heat from the sun. Roofs that are darker colors, like dark gray or black, absorb more of the sun’s heat, making the building warmer inside. Not only do cool roofs save money, but also help the environment. The article explains that “reducing energy absorption at Earth’s surface decreases the amount of heat these [greenhouse] gases can trap in the atmosphere.” On a larger scale, Art Rosenfeld, the man behind the cool roof vision, compares a successful worldwide cool roof campaign to “’taking half of the world’s cars off the road for 20 years.’”

EYA has long known the benefits of cool roofs and we have been installing white roofing membranes on our flat roofs since 2009. We are very proud of our commitment to environmental sustainability and creating energy efficient homes. Nearly every home we build is LEED certified and no other homebuilder in the Washington area has earned as many LEED certifications. EYA homeowners save on utility bills, have shorter commutes and walk more. Learn more about how EYA homes are measurably different and visit one of our actively selling communities today!

Get a Sneak Peek Inside The Oronoco

May 27, 2014 | by
The Oronoco Condo by EYA in Old Town Alexandria

The Oronoco, EYA’s landmark waterfront condominium in Old Town Alexandria, will be welcoming its first residents next month. Get a sneak peek inside this iconic new residence featured in The Washingtonian!

The Oronoco offers unparalleled luxury living with direct access to Oronoco Bay Park and the Alexandria waterfront. Building amenities include heated pool with bathhouse, outdoor kitchen, 24-hour security, concierge, fitness center with yoga room, dog washing station and much, much more. Visit our website to learn more and discover life on a grand scale today!

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2014 | by
OTC Hero (3)

Earth Day celebrations are taking place around the world and there are many ways you can make a difference in your community and your home. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Pledge to reduce and recycle. Purchase food products that use less plastic packaging and bring recyclable shopping bags to the grocery store. Shopping at a local Farmer’s Market can also reduce the amount of plastic packaging you consume. If you don’t already recycle at home, pledge to start.
  2. Plant a tree. Volunteer with a local tree planting organization or simply plant a tree in your own yard.
  3. Use public transit, carpooling or bicycle. Reduce your carbon footprint by using alternative transport methods such as public transit, carpooling, bicycling or walking.
  4. Install energy saving devices in your home. Change out those old incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient bulbs, add a programmable thermostat (and be sure to change your air filters) and get low flow fixtures and appliances.
  5. Attend an Earth Day event. This weekend, there are lots of great Earth Day events taking place in the area that will feature plant sales, live music, family-friendly activities and more!

EYA has long demonstrated a commitment to environmentally sound business practices and building sustainable neighborhoods. Nearly every home we build is LEED certified and no other homebuilder in the Washington area has earned as many LEED certifications. We also build in urban areas where homeowners are within walking distance of transit, shopping, dining and other conveniences. Learn more about our actively selling communities and discover a smarter way to live today!

EYA Readies to Open Chelsea Heights Townhomes in Silver Spring

January 10, 2014 | by
Silver Spring Townhomes

Silver Spring, MD – On Saturday, January 25, Washington-area building leader EYA will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Montgomery County townhome community, Chelsea Heights.

Located in the heart of walkable Silver Spring, Chelsea Heights will feature 63 contemporary townhomes just steps from the acclaimed retail shops and restaurants, Whole Foods and Silver Spring Metro.

New home buyers at Chelsea Heights will enjoy features such as expansive rooftop terraces, 2-car garage parking, advanced Home Automation, and European-style Chef’s kitchens. Floor plans offer 2-4 bedrooms, open main living levels, plus recreation rooms or lofts for up to 2,553 sq ft of interior living space. Contemporary finish options include such details as outdoor kitchens, linear fireplaces, decorative steel stair rails, exposed brick walls, and more. Home prices range from the $700s to $900s.

The townhomes at Chelsea Heights will offer a beautiful, tranquil setting—all within walking distance of downtown Silver Spring’s countless amenities.


Townhomes at Chelsea Heights Grand Opening
Saturday, January 25, 2014
11 AM – 6 PM
630 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-6700


EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new townhome communities and mixed-use developments.  Since its founding in 1992, the company has built over 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area.  EYA is currently selling six new home communities: Chancellor’s Row in Washington, DC, Old Town Commons and The Oronoco in Old Town Alexandria, VA, Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA, Little Falls Place in Bethesda, MD and Arts District Hyattsville in Hyattsville, MD. For more information on the company or its neighborhoods, visit http://www.eya.com/.


Chancellor’s Row Featured in Washington Post

December 17, 2013 | by

The Washington Post has discovered what our homebuyers have known all along: Chancellor’s Row is quite the gem of walkable townhome living in the heart of the District!

Read what their reporter said about our architecture and community design, as well as the story of one of our homeowners. Want the carefree lifestyle of urban living for yourself? Visit our decorated model homes, open daily, from 11 AM – 6 PM. Learn more at EYA.com.