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Visitors seek energy efficiency at Martinsburg Home Show

March 11, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — — Options to make your home more energy efficient abound at the 2011 Home Show presented by the Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association this weekend.

The three-event showcase, which features more than 230 exhibitors, opened Friday morning at Martinsburg Mall and continues through Sunday night.

Gloria Glesner Friday afternoon was compiling information about what she could do to stabilize the level of humidity in the Spring Mills area home that she shares with her husband, Larry.

“It gets so dry in the winter time,” Gloria Glesner said after visiting a display by Appalachian Heating & Air of Hedgesville, W.Va.

Glesner said she liked the idea of having a “universal” humidifying system attached to the furnace, which would eliminate having to maintain multiple humidifiers and keep the humidity stable.

An authorized York product dealer, Appalachian Heating & Air owner D.J. Knotts said people generally don’t care about brand names.

“People want efficiency right now, that’s what they want,” Knotts said. “They want warranty, cost and efficiency.”

Orsini’s Appliance Manager P.J. Orsini said prospective buyers want to save water and power usage.

Among several machines Orsini’s display features is a Maytag Maxima front-loading washing machine and dryer.

The washer can handle 18 oversize bath towels at one time and use only 22 gallons of water. The dryer is steam assisted.

“In an average machine, that would be three loads, and that would be about 150 gallons of water,” Orsini said.

The Martinsburg business is offering a special sale just for the home show, Orsini said.

Sharon Holland, manager of Flohr Pools, said a saltwater sanitizing technology recently introduced in the spa business has reduced the need for chemicals and maintenance.

HotSpring has patented a diamond electrode system that charges the salt added to spa water and turns it into five products that help naturally kill bacteria in the spa and reduce upkeep, Holland said.

“What makes it so much more worthwhile ... is that it makes your skin feel better,” Holland said. “Even when you get out of the spa, your skin feels really nice because of the saltwater that’s in there.”

In addition to meeting with a wide range of exhibitors, people were placing bids on more than 200 donated items that were donated for a Silent Auction.

Items in the auction include a custom-built doghouse, a stereo speaker that appears to be a large rock and a Budweiser cooler that features a radio and iPod dock. A list of donations for the auction, which benefits the home builders association, is on the Internet at http://www.easternwvhomebuilders.org, or individuals can call 304-267-4710.

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