Winter is coming, there’s no denying it. Here are five tips to help improve your home’s efficiency—inside and out—while Mother Nature is still cooperating.
Inspect Windows and Doors
One of the best ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home and save on heating bills is to install new windows and doors. Talk to a representative from a window manufacturer or a home-improvement store and ask questions about low-e glass, different frame materials, and dynamic technology, such as Suntuitive Glass. Upgrading now can provide year-round benefits.
If new windows and doors aren’t in your budget yet, inspect them to ensure caulking is still flexible and sealing all the gaps between frames and walls on the interior and exterior of your home. Also, consider installing weather-stripping to help eliminate drafts.
Examine your furnace and smoke detectors
Take a look at your furnace to make sure it’s clean and running properly. Consider replacing the furnace filter at this time every year. Dirty filters can cause your furnace to run longer than necessary, waste energy, and cause a fire. It’s also a good habit to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors at this time of year as well.
Reverse your ceiling fan
Did you know your ceiling fan can spin in both directions? In warmer months, ceiling fans are used to push air down, providing a cooling effect. However, in colder months, fans can spin in the opposite direction, pulling warm air up and recirculating it throughout a room.
Check your Pipes
Don’t wake up to frozen pipes! Wrap pipes with foam insulation in unheated locations, such as a garage, attic, crawl space, or porch.
Clean your gutters and downspouts
It’s a beautiful time of year and the colorful autumn leaves are falling. Unfortunately, many of them are making their way into your home’s gutters. It’s important to clear leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts so that they can efficiently drain rain and melting snow. Clogged gutters also may lead to roof, soffit, and siding damage.
What are some other ways you winterize your home? Share them with us in the comments.
We all know that turning off the lights, not blasting the heat or A/C, and lowering the temperature on your water heater can help save on utility bills, but are you aware of the other energy “hogs” in your home? Your appliances, windows, and small electronic devices could be costing you big money.
What cost-cutting measures have you instituted in your home? Let us know in the comments!
Windows are your connection to the outdoors and protection from its elements. While environmental conditions can be unpredictable, you should not have to compromise between comfort and view.
If it’s time for new windows, how do you choose between all the different options? Here are three reasons why you should consider dynamic windows featuring Suntuitive glass for your home.
Use them anywhere
Suntuitive glass can be used in windows of any shape or size—including picture, bay, casement, double-hung, skylight, patio doors, etc.—and in most frames, including vinyl, wood, aluminum, and fiberglass. What’s more, there are no wires or controls to worry about. Suntuitive glass naturally tints throughout the day, providing worry-free comfort and views.
Save money on energy
Suntuitive glass works with low-e glass in insulating units to help save money on energy costs, effectively paying for themselves overtime. The self-tinting windows will block out the sun’s intense heat on sunny days and prevent furnace heat from escaping on cold days, so there’s no need to constantly adjust your furnace, A/C, blinds, and drapes.
Protect your family and furnishings
Suntuitive glass helps improve your home’s security. Because the self-tinting technology is incorporated into laminated glass, it holds glass fragments together in scenarios where it would normally shatter, such as forced entry or an impact from a stray baseball. Also, while natural daylight can brighten up a space, sunlight contains damaging ultraviolet rays that are responsible for fading furniture, paintings, and carpet. But, with Suntuitive glass, these harmful rays are blocked out, preserving your furnishings.
Whether you are looking for new or replacement windows, Suntuitive glass will preserve the view you want from your windows, while providing the comfort you deserve in your home—without compromise. For more information, read our brochure or leave a comment.
2014 is well underway, but it’s not too late to make some resolutions for your home.
Here are six ideas to get you started:
What resolutions have you made for your home?
It’s that time of the year again! The season is filled with twinkle lights, snowmen, gifts, and parties, but spreading holiday cheer can be tough on your wallet. With some thoughtful planning, you can make your decorations more efficient and eliminate some of the financial burden. Here are four quick tips to help you green your holiday season:
We hope these green decorating tips help make your holiday go smoother. Be safe and Happy Holidays from all of us at Pleotint!
Windows are your view to the outside world, and are an integral part of your home or office’s design and efficiency. So, it’s important that they are working the best that they can for you. Unfortunately, older windows are notoriously inefficient and do not have the low-e coatings, gas-filled cavities, or dynamic components that can be found on the market today.
If you’re starting to doubt the performance of your windows, ask yourself some questions. Is your home or office hot in the summer and cold in the winter? Is it difficult to maintain a consistent indoor temperature? Do you feel a draft, or hear howling when it’s windy outside? Are your windows painted shut? Are they single-pane?
If you answered yes to any of these, then it may be time to upgrade. Not only can new windows resolve these issues, but they also provide you with a multitude of other benefits. For example, new windows:
Are you looking for new windows, or do you have some questions? Let us know. We’d like to help you put the view back into your windows!
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