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03
2016

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2016

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03
2016

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2016

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03
2016

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19
10
2015

3 Warning Signs that Your Windows are Costing You


Thermometer on a frozen window and cold weather in spring forestThe ultimate heat conductor is glass and this allows the energy to escape easily. Many old or traditional windows are designed with single panes which are placed in aluminum frames and this further lessens their already dreadful energy efficiency.  These days, residential areas can lose almost 20 to 30 percent of cooling and heating energy through their doors and windows. For this reason, replacement windows were designed to solve such problems encountered from older windows.

Since glass conducts heat efficiently, experts in the industry linked an old window to a two inch gap in homes wall which freely allows air to escape and which seriously compromises energy efficiency. Inefficient windows cause cooling and heating systems to work overtime just to make the area comfortable. The HVAC systems guzzle excess energy which leads to a much higher utility cost.

U-factor measures emissivity and R-value measure heat loss resistance. Many old windows hold poor U and R values since these are made of untreated single pane glass which is highly vulnerable to heat absorption and transfer. Low emissivity energy efficient windows put off heat energy from escaping through the window, separating your conditioned indoor environment from ambient outdoor temperatures.

You have to understand that old windows constantly transfer energy and conduct heat.  You can make use of replacement windows since these are designed to prevent absorption and transfer, to preserve home interior temperature while resisting various changes because of outside weather. Bear in mind that replacement windows have the ability to make you more comfortable while allowing you to save a great sum of money too.

If you’re considering replacing old windows to improve energy efficiency of your home, you’re not alone. This is one of the best ways to cut back cooling and heating costs and vital for retaining hear in the cold months. If you’re still puzzled, below are three warning signings which clearly indicate that you need replacement windows:

  • Once your windows encounter frost build up or condensation, touch the glass. If it feels freezing cold in the winter or hot to the touch during summer, this indicates that it requires replacement.
  • During winter, sit beside your window for a minute. If it feels much cooler compared to other parts of the house, this is a clear sign that you are losing heat due to inefficient windows.
  • When window panes start to crack or window frames start rotting or cracking.

A number of homes are still using old or original built windows with single pane glass because of their fear of spending great amount of money. But keeping old windows which are no longer energy efficient can end up costing more over time than replacing your windows now.  The 3 mentioned signs above clearly indicate that your window badly requires replacement. If you’re already encountering these indicators as the winter season is approaching, you should consider getting replacement windows now before temperatures drop even further. Don’t let your old windows hike up your bills and waste energy – get replacement windows now and start reducing your costs!

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14
10
2015

The Secret Weapon Against Winter Heating Bills Revealed!


If it’s too chillwinter windowsy inside your house during winter season and you’re having a hard time in dealing with it, you must not blame the weather because the old window is the one causing it. You have to understand that poorly constructed or old windows can create drafts and transfer all of the heat built up in your house out into the cold, which serves as the ultimate reason for replacing them. The most common cause of excessively high heating bills in the winter season is old windows! New windows are the secret weapon against your winter heating bills, and they’re not just beneficial during colder months but have advantageous all year round.

If you’re thinking that it’s time for you to replace your old windows, you need to give great thought on things you exactly want from it. Do you want something modern like white gleaming vinyl window or traditional with wooden sashes or bay windows? Apart from that, you also need to consider the cost and the amount of money you can save out of monthly energy cost because of improved insulation.

Wood is not just heavy in weight, but especially in maintenance since this requires staining, paint or varnished. This also has the ability to swell or expand under numerous weather conditions and fail to close correctly. On the other hand, metal windows are similar to wooden windows since this can also chip once painted or lose shine if not.
Majority of individuals considers vinyl windows because of ease of maintenance when planning to have their windows replaced. This type of window has the ability to look good even if they have been used for several years. The only thing needed is occasions wipe-down using “vinyl cleaner” to keep it sparkling clean. Below are some other reasons why many people prefer vinyl windows:

  • This type of windows is basically multi glazed and since double-glazed windows are considered as best insulator; triple glazed windows are becoming increasingly popular offer because of the unbelievable energy cost savings they offer. This can keep heat during winter season and increases cooling effect of air condition during summer. If double glaze window is offering one air layer among two panes, the triple glaze windows is providing 2 layers which offer much higher insulation degree.
  • Replacement windows out of vinyl materials are practically scratch free and do not require maintenance. To keep it functional and last for a longer period of time, the only thing needed is to regularly clean and wipe it with vinyl cleaning products, water and plain old soap can also do the job perfectly. NO scrapping or painting, vinyl window don’t age compared to other window materials.
  • Vinyl windows come in wide variety of sizes, colors and styles. Regardless if you prefer sliding or casement windows, there are fascinating colors and sizes that can perfectly suite your need, taste and home style. Double hung or also referred to as sash windows, replicate tradition wooden sashes style in vinyl but with stunning and cleaner sharp lines. Apart from that, you can also make use of bay or bow vinyl windows to maximize room space.
  • When it comes to price, the amount of money you will spend with vinyl windows are much lower compared to other materials. It’s quite unbelievable that you can get immense benefits out of lower price. This type of window is truly fascinating bargain since this does not only save on cooling and heating bills but it saves you from frequent replacement window cost.

 

So what more do you need to know? If you’re looking to reduce your heating bills this winter, new windows are your secret weapon!

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26
08
2013

How Porch Enclosures Increase Your Home Security


There are many good reasons for adding a porch enclosure to your home. Not only is a cost effective way to add beauty and resale value but it is also an aesthetic and practical home improvement. Porch enclosures can create a special ambiance for entertaining and allow you to enjoy the natural scenery and wildlife of your neighbourhood without leaving the comfort, convenience, and security of your own home. Great in the summer and winter, porch enclosures allow homeowners to create a bit more indoor space in their home.

Home Porch EnclosureThey also help fight air and noise pollution in your home and give you a dry spot to stand while fumbling for your keys at the end of a long, rainy day. By acting as a buffer zone between your home and weather outside, they can also help to reduce energy costs by improving the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning.

And on top of all that, a properly installed porch enclosure can drastically improve your home security in a number of ways:

1. Forming a Barrier: By locking the outer door you can keep strangers at a distance for easy identification (and avoiding) of salesmen or unwanted quests. This barrier is also a great addition in homes with bedrooms located at the front of the house with windows opening on to the porch. By enclosing the porch, you are offering greater privacy to these rooms.

2. Discourage break-ins: It is easier to install a proper security door in a porch enclosure than by replacing the door frame built into your home. Potential thieves will be on the lookout for places that they can access surreptitiously; if your home features a prominent front enclosure with a door clearly visible from the street, they will have to look elsewhere for an easy target.

3. Motion Sensor lights and cameras: A porch enclosure will give you plenty of options for placement of motion sensitive lights and cameras which will further warn criminals away from your home.

4. Pet access: If you have pets that need frequent access to the outdoors but you worry about them being outdoors all day or during inclement weather, you are probably going to consider a doggy door or cat flap but these options reduce the security of your home greatly and can allow pests to enter your home while you are away. Instead, consider using a porch enclosure and leaving a window open for them to come and go as they please. While they will not have access to the inside of your home, they are free to hide from the rain or lie in the sun as they please without leaving your home unsecured.

I hope you will consider this home improvement for your next project: not only will it add space and security to your home; it will cut energy bills and provide a cozy retreat in which you can enjoy nature without the inconvenience of wind, weather and noise!

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12
08
2013

7 Great Tips for Reducing the Humidity in Your Home


Humidity in Home

The first step in dealing with excess humidity is identifying that you have a problem. If walking into your home feels like stepping into a swamp, it is obvious that something needs to be done but what about subtler symptoms? Some indicators that your home may have a humidity problem include:

 

  • Dark, damp spots on ceilings or walls
  • Mold growth
  • Peeling paint
  • Sweating (water droplets forming on basement floors or walls)
  • Condensation on water pipes and windows
  • Lingering odors
  • Decaying wood
  • Increased allergy-related problems

Once you have established that you do indeed have a humidity problem in your home, what can you do about it? Here are some easy tips to help clear the air and leave your home smelling fresh and cool instead of musty and sticky:

1. Use Exhaust Fans: Exhaust fans are common in bathrooms, kitchens, and other places that are likely locations for hot water usage. Make sure to use these fans whenever necessary as they will keep the moist air from escaping to other parts of the house as well as decreasing humidity levels at the source.

2. Take Shorter Showers: Most of the moisture in the air in your home will get there from one source: steam. The most likely culprit for this is long, hot showers in improperly vented bathrooms. By reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower, you will not only reduce the amount of water that escapes into the air, you will also use less water and spend less money on heating that water.

3. Hang Damp Clothes Outside: Except in the case of adverse weather conditions, there is no good reason to hang wet or damp clothing to dry inside if you already have a humidity problem. The water evaporating from your clothing or towels has nowhere to go but into the air of your home. Instead, hang these items outside whenever possible so the unwanted moisture stays outside where it belongs!

4. Only Run Washers When Full: Some clothes or dishwashers have settings for the size of the load but many do not. Prevent unnecessary water wastage and unnecessary humidity by only running these appliances when they are full.

5. Don’t Turn Your Home into a Jungle: Plants can be a great addition to a home: they purify the air and are great decoration but they also create extra humidity in your home. If plants are forming mold, you may have too many. Consider giving one or two away and see if that helps the atmosphere of your home.

6. Open Windows and Doors: Air circulation will do a lot in reducing the stuffy, sticky feeling of a humid home so open up those windows and doors when possible to let in fresh air. Keep inside doors open so air flows freely through the home.

7. Do a Moisture Audit: Once you have taken care of these easy ways of reducing humidity, perform one final check around your property to look for any less obvious problems that could be contributing to the moisture in the air:

  • Check under old carpets in places you suspect leakage
  • Note any windows with frequent condensation
  • Consider replacing old doors and windows with more energy efficient (and better sealed) new units

Congratulations! You are well on your way to a more comfortable and enjoyable home!

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