Checking Windows For Drafts, How to Test Energy Efficiency of Your Windows

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  • Jordan Chell

    Summer is long over and fall is quickly coming to an end. Which means winter will soon be here! Although this means Christmas time and fun in the snow, it also means cold air and high energy bills. There are different things you as a homeowner can do to help keep energy bills low, and checking your windows for air drafts is one of them. Air drafts are hard to detect, but once found they can help you save big. Here are a few tips about air leaks in your home:

     

    How to Find Air Drafts

     

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    First take a walk around the outside of your house, slowly and carefully. Do you notice any failed caulking? Do you see any gaps between the siding of your home and the window frame? If so, then you have found an air leak.

    Inside your home inspect all the current weather stripping around your windows as well as make sure it is all in good condition and up-to-date.

     

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    Choosing the Right Entry Door for your Home

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  • Mark Hladky

    Choosing an entry door, or a front door, may seem like an easy decision.  However, choosing the right entry door requires a surprising amount of forethought.   Doors are made of different materials for different environments.  They can be sheltered by porches or fully exposed.  More than an aesthetic choice, entry doors are the first line of defense against break-ins.  The following will compare in-swinging and out-swinging doors, the benefits of different materials for doors and door frames, and how exposed a door is.

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    In-swinging vs. Out-swinging Doors:

     

    In-swinging:

    Many front doors are in-swinging.  In-swinging doors may provide visitors with the feeling the home is embracing them when they enter.  The hinges of an in-swinging door are not exposed and are protected by the door and the door frame.  Unfortunately, if someone were to break

    7 Remodeling Tips to Transform your Home

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  • Mark Hladky
    Budget before you Start

    Plan your budget and stay within that budget.  It’s easy to get caught up when paying for home remodeling.  Figure out what you can spend, what you want to spend, how much remodeling will cost, and stick to your budget.

     

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    Refresh the paint

    Refreshing the paint can make rooms look new.  A full remodeling job to a bedroom or bathroom can cost thousands of dollars.  Refreshing the paint can breathe vitality into a room for under a hundred dollars.

     

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    Why Gutter Cleaning is an Important Home Maintenance

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  • Mark Hladky

    Gutters are an important part of your home.  They serve both an aesthetic and a practical purpose.  In addition to accenting the roof, gutters help protect your house from nearly all types of water damage.  As such, making sure that your home’s gutters are clean is imperative.  Gutters’ value cannot be overstated.  Often, they are your home’s first line of defense against weather damage.  The following will tell you what you need to know about gutter cleaning maintenance.

     

    What Having Clean Gutters Prevents:

    Clean gutters help to protect the entire house from weather damage.  When they are clean, gutters allow for quick drainage from the roof.  This drainage means cracks and leaks are less likely to form in the roof.  If gutters are not cleaned, gallons of water can sit in the bottom of the gutters, and the total weight of this water can be literally hundreds of pounds.  If gutters are clogged with leaves, ice dams are likely to form in the winter, and these dams of ice prevent drainage and can add even more weight to your roof and gutters.  However, what might be most important to note is that gutters protect the foundation of the house.  By carrying water away from the foundation, the soil around the house and the foundation is protected, and so the foundation and the walls will be less susceptible to stress cracks.

     

    What tools do I need to clean my gutters?

    Safety should be the highest priority

    How to Prevent Mold and Mildew on Windows

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  • Mark Hladky

    Are you concerned about mold on your windows?  Window mold can be an issue for anyone.  The mold most commonly found around windows is black mold.  Black mold is unsightly, and it can cause health problems.  Luckily, it is often easy to remove.  Preventing black mold and removing it should be important to every home owner.

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    Prepare to Remove Mold

    First, you’ll need to remove black mold before you can prevent its further growth.  Understand that exposure to mold can have negative effects on your health.  It is important that every person cleaning mold should wear rubber gloves, safety glasses, and a face mask.  You will also need paper towels, detergent or a baking soda and vinegar solution, and bleach.

     

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    How to Throw Winter Party Outdoors

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  • Emily Perez

    Home owners love outdoor living spaces.  We love them so much, that even in the frigid cold, we find ways  to enjoy fresh air and open space.  Entertaining guests outdoors during the warmer month is natural.  With some creativity and thoughtful planning, you can also host a gathering outdoors in the middle of winter.  Perhaps a holiday party that incorporates the outdoors as well. Here are inspirational tips for how to host a cozy outdoor party this winter.

     

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    Bundle of Warmth

    Asking guests to gather outside is great as long as you offer conveniences to make they more comfortable.  For starters, blankets are perfect for snuggling and relaxing.  Create a blanket basket filled with soft throws.  Place the basket in a convenient location so that your guests find them and use them.

     

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    Awesome Ideas for your Bathroom Remodel

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  • Emily Perez

    It’s not every day that you’ll take up bathroom remodeling. But when you do, ensure that the finished space is what you’ve always dreamt of. Sure you’ll have a budget to work on, everyone has! But get a top remodeler and you’ll definitely get what you want, at least mostly, without breaking your bank.

    Here are a few awesome ideas for your bathroom remodel that will not let you down.

     

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    Blend Seamlessly with your Bedroom

    Is your bathroom connected to the master bedroom? The two should blend seamlessly together so that there is a smooth shift of rooms, not your mood. Have the same or nearly same color combination and texture. If the lights are mellow in your bedroom, don’t have garish lights in your bathroom that will hit you between your eyes every time you enter it. Have a semblance of consistency between the two.

     

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    Awning vs Casement Windows, Which One Will Work Best

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  • Jordan Chell

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    The type of window you choose to put in your home is an important decision. The type of window you choose should fit your lifestyle. While some people may want one type of window, others will want something completely different. Do you need a wider or taller style of windows? Do you want to be able to use these windows in combination with others, or do you want them to stand on their own? There are several things to consider when shopping around for windows. Here is some information on two different types of windows: awning vs casement windows.

     

    What Are Awning Windows?

    Awning windows hinge at the top, and are pushed open from the bottom. They combine well with stationary windows to allow ventilation and a nice view. Typically they are best placed in smaller and wider spaces. For example, the space over yo


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