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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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02
09
2013

How to Prevent Drafts in Your Home


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Drafts can be a big problem for homeowners, greatly reducing their enjoyment of their homes as well as increasing energy costs by a significant amount. To prevent these pesky drafts we must first locate the likely culprits. These include any openings in the walls or ceilings such as:

  • Mail chutes;
  • Utility connections;
  • Exhaust fans; and
  • Dryer vents.

As well as any place two different building materials come together like:

  • Doors;
  • Corners;
  • Chimneys;
  • Along the foundation; and
  • Window frames.

Properly insulating your doors and windows is an easy and inexpensive project that most people can easily accomplish.

Doors

Easy-to-use and inexpensive, self-adhesive weather stripping is available at most hardware or home improvement stores. Simply follow these instructions to prevent drafts from your doors:

1. Measure the height of the doorway.

2. Cut two pieces of weather stripping to this length (1 for each side).

3. Measure the width of the door and cut a piece for the top.

4. With the door open, peel the backing off the first strip and press it along the inside of the jamb or stop moulding.

5. Repeat this procedure with each of the other two strips.

For the bottom of the door you will need a sweep. This is a vinyl or felt backed metal strip that seals the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor.

1. With the door closed, measure and cut the sweep to the width of the door.

2. Remove the door from hinges and lay flat so you have easy access to the bottom edge.

3. Screw the sweep to the bottom edge and reinstall the door.

Congratulations! Your doors should now be draft-free! Let’s move on to those windows, shall we?

Windows

Self-stick weather sealing is also available at hardware and home improvements stores. Depending on the style of your windows, the method for insulating them will be slightly different.

Casement Windows

1. Cut strips of foam to fit the top, bottom, and both sides of your window.

2. Peel off the backing of the first step and press into place between the window and the stop moulding.

3. Repeat this procedure with the other three pieces. When the window is closed, this weather sealing will prevent air leakage.

Double-Hung Windows

1. Measure and cut foam to fit the bottom of the sash.

2. Remove backing and apply so that that sash rests on the foam when the window is closed.

3. Cut 2 strips of v-channel insulation about an inch longer than the height of the side channels.

4. Open the window and work the strips between the sash and jamb on each side.

5. Cut one more strip of the v-channel insulation and apply it to the back of the sash, even with the  top, with the V facing upwards. When closed, this strip will compress to form a tight seal.

If you continue to have draft problems after performing this maintenance work, it may be time to consider some new, properly installed windows or doors!

 

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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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29
07
2013

Should You Go with Sliding Glass Doors?


Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors can add value and beauty to your home. Patio doors are likely the biggest piece of glass in your home. Glass technology has come a long way in the last decade. Sliding glass doors can be made secure, energy efficient and attractive. If you are considering installing sliding glass doors in your home, here is what you need to know.

Security

If you have old doors, sliding glass doors as replacements should be on the top of your list of home renovations. An old door is a security risk for intruders. Our sliding doors are made from tempered glass and have multi-point locking systems to help keep you safe.

Energy Efficient

Glass has the potential to let out a great deal of heat and let in the same amount of cold. If you are considering sliding glass doors, we typically use Cardinal Low E2 glass with argon gas, this meanssavings on your energy bill. Homes that have energy efficient glass stand to save up to 10% on your energy bill every year.

Beauty

Patio doors from Window Choice can be made to custom sizes, colours, grills, glazing and blinds. A variety of options is available to choose from. Virtually any patio door can be made to match any theme in your home.

Room with a View

Sliding glass patio doors are designed to accent what is outside your home. If you have a mountain view, a lake or another stunning panorama, why would you want to close that off? Take the beauty of nature, and add it to the aesthetic value of your home.

Open Concept

For a small room, sliding glass patio doors can make it seem larger. Sliding glass doors that lead outside turn a space that feels cramped into a space that feels wide open. In the warmer months, you can create a more inviting feel to the room by leaving the door open and letting the breeze blow through.

Sliding glass doors can give your home just what it needs. If you have not yet considered using sliding glass doors for your patio, you might want to bump it up on the list of home renovations. Not only will it improve the look of your home, but also it will provide you with better security for you and your family, and keep money in your wallet where it belongs.

If you would like to know more about what Window Choice sliding glass doors can do for you, visit our Patio Doors section and browse around. We know you will find something that fits.

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05
04
2013

How to prevent drafts in your home



Draft; the word alone is enough to send shivers up the spines of most homeowners (no pun intended). Come to think of it, this is a pretty accurate saying, because that is exactly what drafts do. These have got to be one of the most annoying problems one can encounter. They happen to the best of us, and can oftentimes unfortunately do get the best of us. After spending what can seem like an eternity of searching, the air is still coming in from somewhere. Sound familiar? Before you call it quits, there are some helpful tips you can utilize to get rid of that draft problem once and for all. This is not a job for the lazy or unmotivated though, especially if you live in a larger home (more potential for air leaks).

In order to get rid of the issue, you should be prepared to perform a thorough inspection of all your doors, windows and any other areas where the draft could be coming from (cracks, holes, attic, basement, etc.). It is always a good idea to keep your eyes on the prize; for motivational purposes, just know that a draft-free home is one that feels more comfortable and which saves you a lot of money. Energy-efficiency is one thing every homeowner needs to take seriously, because it can have a serious impact on your bank account at the end of the day. That being said, here is what you need to know about how to detect, fix and prevent drafts once and for all.

What to do if you have a Draft Problem

  • Manually inspect every possible culprit area; walk through your house and pay close attention to any hot or cold zones (i.e. near windows and doors).
  • Run your hand around the edges to see if you can feel air coming through. If you are unsure or if the draft appears to be undetectable, hold a lighter near the crevices. If the flame goes out, you know air is leaking.
  • Buy a tube of caulking and insert it around the entire base of the window/door frame. Bear in mind that even newer energy-efficient windows are known to have draft problems caused by insufficient or poorly installed caulking. Another great product to use is rope caulk. This simply unravels and can be rolled down the frame as you go along.
  • Shrink wrap your windows; plastic film is always a popular option, but bubble wrap actually works better. It has been found to greatly increase R-values and is cheaper than most commercial sealing kits. In addition, it is very easy to install and take down. Simply spray the surface with a small amount of water; the wrapping will stick and can easily be pulled off later on.
  • Weather strip both doors and windows. For the base of your doors (common draft problem-areas) you can buy a foam barrier or cut a piece of fabric the width of the door. Be sure to leave enough slack so the cloth touches the floor.
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