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Jul 10

2017

3 Financial Benefits Of Energy Efficient Windows


Homeowners looking to upgrade the performance of their existing windows often opt for energy efficient window replacements. Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the financial and environmental impact of their energy use. With new studies showing that residential buildings account for about 20 percent of total energy use and carbon dioxide emissions in the country, and that heating and cooling accounts for the largest energy use in single-family homes, consumers understand that upgrading their windows can have a huge effect on their home’s operational efficiency. Here are some of the financial benefits of installing energy efficient window replacements: Energy and…

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Jun 28

2017

Should Your Windows Follow Your Roofline?


Your property’s roofline is one of those things that rarely come to mind when considering an energy-efficient windows replacement. However, the roofline, which comprises fascia boards, barge boards, soffits, and guttering, is constantly subjected to strong winds, rain, snow, and other forms of extreme weather. By keeping the roofline properly sealed, you can prevent interior water damage that may lead to rot and mould, and effectively direct water away from the roof, walls, and windows (through gutters). So, strategically positioning your windows in such a way that the roofline can keep harsh weather away from your window replacements can help…

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May 16

2017

How To Make Older Windows More Energy Efficient


Most of the energy wastage in old buildings is usually associated with overdue maintenance. In fact, reports suggest that as much as 25 per cent of heat loss occurs through windows and drafts, which can be easily managed with proper and timely repair, improvements, or energy-efficient window replacement. In comparison, 35 per cent of heat loss occurs through the walls; 25 per cent through the roof; and 15 per cent through the floor. When it comes to repairing old windows, replacing them with energy-efficient ones and installing storm windows, many designers, contractors, and architects agree that each solution is unique…

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Mar 13

2017

DIY: Crafts You Can Make Using Old Windows


If your old windows have been serving you for more than 15 years, you should consider getting energy efficient window replacements. But this does not necessarily mean that those drafty windows that have been sticking in their frames and increasing your energy bills have no useful applications once they come down. As a DIY lover, there are countless ways for you to repurpose old windows as you enjoy the energy efficiency of your replacement window. Whether your old windows have glass or not, here are a few craft ideas to make your home more beautiful: Space divider You can divide…

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Feb 27

2017

5 Ways To Weatherize Your Windows This Winter


When cold weather sets in, the owners of old houses usually feel the effects first. Owing to the seasoned construction, these houses lose a lot of heat through infiltration – the movement of air through cracks and joints, and some through conduction – transfer through materials. The best way to make your windows more energy efficient and comfortable this winter is by limiting the occurrence of these losses. Weatherization seeks to improve the “enclosure” around your home. With regard to your windows, this includes sealing leaks and/or upgrading your windows. Many old homes constructed before the 1980 energy codes were…

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Nov 7

2016

10 Ways To Protect Your Windows In The Winter


As outside temperatures plummet, you should start thinking about how to reduce your heating bills. It is estimated that 10 to 25 per cent of the heat in your home escapes through the windows, which means that protecting your windows is one of the best ways to save on energy. Drafty windows will not only cost you more in heating costs, but they will also make the inside of your house feel frosty and uncomfortable. Furthermore, they will be subjected to environmental stress that will completely destroy them, leaving your home exposed in severe weather. To completely eliminate drafts, the…

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Oct 24

2016

How To Check And Fix Drafty Windows


With the cooler months approaching, having drafty windows and doors can be an annoyance that drives up your heating bills even when using an energy-efficient HVAC system. Studies suggest that a single drafty window can reduce your heating efficiency by up to 25 per cent. Now imagine the damage to your energy costs if you have multiple windows allowing cold air in from outside. Sealing air leaks in your windows is a simple chore that can help eliminate cold spots in your rooms, which translates to better insulation and savings in your utility bills. Improving your home’s insulation also makes…

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Oct 17

2016

Are Your Windows Childproof? 7 Ways To Check


Children spend most of their time at home, so when statistics show that most accidents happen here, it comes as no surprise. Unfortunately, many parents overlook the fact that accidents that occur in the home cause far more fatalities and injuries to children than anything else. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, a massive 83 per cent of the cases of children falling out of windows involve screened windows. Screens are designed to keep insects out, but they cannot prevent infants, toddlers or even older children from falling out of the window. To protect your kids from window falls: Never…

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Sep 23

2016

Bring In Lots Of Natural Light To Your Home With These Ideas


Making the most of daylight can improve the environment in your home and reduce your utility bill. The more natural light you let into your home, the less artificial lights you need to turn on. There are many other benefits of designing your home for optimal daylighting, including heating the indoors, killing bacteria that thrive in dark and wet spaces and improving your mood, general health and well-being. If you want to enjoy these benefits and are in the process of designing your home or are willing to make some adjustments to your rooms, these ideas will help you bring…

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