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What Energy Companies Don’t Want You to Know

What Energy Companies Don’t Want You to Know about Windows and Doors

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Money Savings

Energy companies in America make a killing, we all know this. But what dirty little secrets are they hiding behind their big, shiny, glass door corporate
offices? For starters, and contrary to national PR campaigns, they really don’t care about the environment. Their objective is to increase your energy consumption while fattening their wallets, building their pensions, and broadening their stock portfolios.  The quickest way to get the truth is to rely on subject matter experts, not notorious businessmen(women). When polled, window and door manufacturers unanimously confirmed that proper indoor
insulation drastically cuts back on energy consumption, heat output, and thus reduces costly energy spending producing wallet savings.

 

One of the biggest and often most overlooked benefits of high-quality windows and doors in your home is the money savings you’ll see. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Find The Perfect Windows for Your Home

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When it’s time to replace the windows in your home, many considerations come into play. Window replacement is more than just getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. It’s about enhancing the interior and exterior beauty of the home, as well as maintaining the comfort level inside the home. Let’s take a look at some of the things you should be looking for when shopping for the perfect exterior windows for your home. Read the rest of this entry »

When To Replace Windows And Doors

Maybe you’ve started to notice a breeze coming from your windows—when they’re not open. Or the neighbor kids’ baseball game yesterday ended with a ball denting your garage door. How do you know when these and other common issues with your home’s doors and windows mean it’s time for a replacement, and when simple repairs will suffice? Let’s find out.

 When to Replace Your Windows

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When you inspect your windows’ glass, do you notice any cracks or holes? Not only will these negatively impact your home’s energy efficiency, but they can be dangerous, and the window panes will have to be replaced. Also look for signs of deterioration in the rubber seal that holds the pane in the window frame; you will often see cracks in the seal itself or condensation or mold between the panes. For either of these problems, it is best to hire a professional to replace the glass and/or seals.

If you can feel air moving around the windows, the fix might be simple. If the caulk around the window frame has developed gaps, you can replace it yourself. And if worn weather stripping is the problem, that’s also easy to replace. But if the draft is significant, or if these repairs don’t make a difference, you should consider replacing the windows with newer, energy-efficient ones.

If your windows have become difficult to open or lock—whether they don’t glide easily in their tracks or the hardware is hard to move—start by lubricating these parts. If that doesn’t fix the problem, it’s probably time for new windows. It is essential to have properly operating windows in case of emergency. And another important safety note: if your windows were installed before 1978, they may contain lead paint and should be replaced by a professional.

What are other signs that it’s time to replace your windows? If you hear a lot of outside noise, new windows might offer better sound protection. And modern windows can keep out the ultraviolet rays that might be fading your upholstery. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your current windows, new windows can upgrade the look of your house. In the case of rotting woodwork, a professional might be able to perform repairs, but it is often safer to replace the windows. And finally, if your window cleaning and maintenance routine has become too taxing, a new style may save you time.

When to Replace Your Doors

A common issue with entry and interior doors is that gaps develop over time between the door and frame. With entry doors, the issue is often as simple as replacing the weather stripping. And sometimes the gaps disappear in both interior and exterior doors when they are rehung; a door installation professional can do this if necessary. This can also help doors to open and close more easily.

If your entry door is warped or damaged, it’s time for a new one. If you are unhappy with the way the door looks or time has taken its toll on its finish, you might like the appearance of a replacement. And if regular maintenance doesn’t fix issues with the door’s operation, you will certainly need to replace it. You might consider new interior doors to upgrade the look of your home and to ensure all doors match. You should think about replacing your doors if they have been damaged, especially in the case of hollow core doors.

To check your sliding patio doors and other doors with glass panels for damage and wear and tear, follow the same steps you took when you inspected your windows. If you see cracked glass or signs of a leak in the seal, hire a professional to replace them. A drafty door might benefit from new weather stripping, but it could be time for a replacement. And if any of the moving parts have stopped operating smoothly, try lubrication first.

Garage doors often develop cosmetic issues like rust, cracks, and dents. If the damage is significant, it’s time for a new one. The same goes for significant structural damage, which can be dangerous. A new garage door can also offer better energy efficiency and safer storage. Other garage door issues can be repaired. Individual panels can be replaced if damage is localized. And a professional can adjust the spring tension, motor and other parts so the door moves more smoothly.

So now you have a better idea of what to do if you notice signs of wear and tear on your windows and doors as you perform your regular cleaning and maintenance. Sometimes these problems are easily repaired, but other times, it’s best to call in the professionals for a replacement. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to hire a home repair professional or window and door installer to give an expert opinion.

Winterizing In The Midwest

Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to do some home maintenance to maximize energy efficiency with some simple quick fixes to keep your house warm, and reduce energy bills.  While a home energy audit is effective in maximizing the potential of your energy system, we are going to go over some simple DIY projects for your windows and doors that are inexpensive, easy to do, and can keep you cozy on a budget.

Winterizing in the Midwest
The first energy wasting culprit is wind draft, and there are some simple actions you can take to minimize this in your home this year.   The first is to get a set of draft stoppers for your doors.  These are simple cushions that go beneath your door to keep the heat in, and the cold out.   Draft stoppers should be installed on any door that is exposed to the outside elements, and can be picked up at your local hardware store for about 15 dollars per door.  If you don’t want to spend money for the official draft stoppers, you can roll up a towel and place it under the door to block the wind for a similar effect.

Installing storm doors and windows can increase your energy efficiency up to 45%, and is ideal for maximum window efficiency.  Efficient windows and doors often offer a tax credit, which is a nice bonus.

If you’re looking for a much cheaper solution, pick up a window insulation kit at your local hardware store.  This will protect against wind draft, as well as retain heat within your home.  A properly installed window insulator is invisible, and can be implemented for as little as 5 dollars per window making it a popular winter accessory.  If you want to go the extra mile, you can hire a professional to install a more advanced “low-e” film to your window, which will further increase efficiency.

For houses with outdated windows, you may want to consider protecting from leaks with caulking and weather stripping.  Even a small leak can drain efficiency between 5-30%, so it is important to make sure the windows are sealed properly.   This is another easy to do, and inexpensive fix that can save you a lot of energy this winter.

After you’ve sealed your windows and doors to guard from wind draft, there are some additional cost-free methods you can use in your home to help keep warm on a budget.  Start by ensuring your ceiling fans are going in a clockwise direction.  This will push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor, providing a warming effect.  Make sure to clean your gutters to reduce icicles formation.  You can also save up to 3% energy for every degree you turn down on your thermostat, so make sure to keep it as low as possible, especially at night.  Making these simple adjustments to your home can keep you warm this winter on a budget.

Double Storm Doors Info

French doors add elegance, function and value to any home. When placed in the front of the house, they make for a glamorous, statement-making entrance. If you spend a lot of your time entertaining and enjoying the backyard, French doors can help with traffic flow and provide shamelessness between inside and out. And when it comes to moving furniture or other sizable items in and out of the house, you can’t beat the convenience of double doors.

Larson Birds of Paradise Storm Door Pella Double Storm Door

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