Dec 27, 2016
GLADYS MANION REAL ESTATE WELCOMES NEW AGENT LAUREN BLANCHARD
Clayton, MO (December 21, 2016) – Gladys Manion, Inc. is proud to announce the newest member to its team, Lauren Blanchard.
Blanchard attended high school in St. Louis at Westminster, and after attending college out of state, returned to St. Louis in 2002, where she has built a life and career in real estate, and is happy to call St. Louis home. Blanchard’s strengths lie in her commitment, loyalty and determination in assisting her clients throughout the entire home buying and selling process.
Blanchard is constantly seeking continuing education and market knowledge, and focuses primarily on the Central Corridor and West County areas.
About Gladys Manion Real Estate
Gladys Manion Real Estate was founded in 1936 by the late Gladys Manion. Now led by her grandson, Stafford H. Manion, the boutique agency located in Clayton celebrates 80 years as the leader in luxury residential real estate in the St. Louis market.
Dec 19, 2016
GM: Tell us the history behind Design Aire and your role at the company
Seth: Design Aire was started in 1904 when my great grandfather, Frank Fischer, began installing steam heating systems in South St. Louis. I started working at the company delivering duct systems for new construction during my high school and college summers. Currently, I am in charge of sales and marketing for our residential and replacement division.
GM: What regular maintenance do heating and air conditioning systems need?
Seth: The main task performed for furnace maintenance is the inspection of the heat exchanger. If a heat exchanger is cracked, carbon monoxide or other harmful flue gases can enter your conditioned air. A licensed service technician should check your furnace every fall to make sure that your heat exchanger is operating safely. The technician will also clean your furnace and make sure it is operating efficiently.
The two primary functions of air conditioner maintenance are to clean the AC/condenser coil and check the refrigerant charge. Both a dirty coil and low refrigerant levels will negatively impact the efficiency of the system which will result in elevated electric bills.
GM: How often should an air filter be replaced?
Seth: The most important HVAC maintenance that almost every homeowner can perform is replacing the furnace filter. Most inexpensive filters should be changed every 30 days. Upgraded, pleated filters are designed to last 3-6 months.
GM: How important is air quality and what factors need to be considered?
Seth: The most important indoor air quality improvement that any St. Louis homeowner should consider is a whole-house humidifier. Both the reduced outdoor relative humidity and the process of heating your indoor air combine to lower the humidity levels in some home’s to uncomfortable levels. To protect your home’s woodwork, your family’s sinuses, and to eliminate those annoying electric shocks, I recommend every St. Louis home have a whole-house humidifier.
GM: What is two-stage heating?
Seth: Two-stage heating and air conditioning is a relatively recent advancement in the HVAC industry. The idea is that most systems are designed for the extreme temperature days. You want your home to be cool when it is 95 degrees outside, and warm when it is 5 degrees. Your home’s heating and air conditioning capacity should be sized to handle these days, but the vast majority of our temperatures are not that extreme. Often you don’t need the full capacity of your system to adequately condition your home. Two-stage furnaces and air conditioners are capable of operating primarily in a 50-70% capacity while still offering 100% capacity when necessary. Two-stage systems are both more efficient and more comfortable.
GM: Any current trends in the HVAC industry?
Seth: The main trend in the HVAC industry parallels a larger trend: home automation. Wi-Fi thermostats are the most requested system upgrade of the year, and they are just the beginning of automation in home air conditioning.
314.739.1600 | Seth@designaireinc.net
Dec 16, 2016
2016 was a busy year for new proposals and developments in St. Louis. With so many diverse projects making headlines – both residential and commercial – we have collected some of the biggest announcements this year, and have listed them below.
Probably one of the most talked about developments hitting downtown Clayton, the Centene Clayton Campus is close to a billion-dollar project, adding more jobs and new residents to the area.
This $340-million project is hoping to make the Cortex-Midtown area an even better place to work and reside. The development is set to turn the abandoned foundry into a food hall and retail shopping area, as well as hoping to add office space and residential housing.
A 36-story residential tower is coming to the Central West End, which will be the second largest residential tower in St. Louis.
When SSM Health Care purchased SLU Medical Center, many thought that a complete hospital overhaul would take place, and recently a site plan for the new $550-million campus was released. The project is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2020.
Dec 15, 2016
City of St. Louis’ tallest residential building is coming to the Central West End. A 36-story apartment tower is in development for next year in the CWE and would top out as the city’s largest residential building.
At 385 feet, the building, named One Hundred— is set to be 75 feet taller than the Chase Park Plaza. Still, it will not be the tallest residential building in metro St. Louis, as the 409-foot Plaza in Clayton condo tower remains the tallest. The One Hundred’s developer is Mac Properties of Englewood, N.J. Construction is set to begin within a year and completed by 2019, costing around $130 million.
The residential tower will have a 355-vehicle parking garage, and 40% of the units will be one-bedroom, with another 40% two-bedroom, and the remaining 20% will be divided between studio and three-bedroom units. The design of the development is to allow residents to have wide views of Forest Park to the west and the Arch to the east.