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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 848 views]

If you don’t want to deal with caulk, or perhaps you’re uncomfortable with the installation, rope caulk may be for you.
Rope caulk is also an excellent choice for temporary uses or where gaps are very small and it may not be worth caulking.
In fact if you want to patch small gaps between the molding and wall, rope caulk would probably be the smarter choice than regular caulk. It’s extremely flexible and is much cleaner than regular caulk.
Additionally it is much easier to work with.
Here are the advantages of rope …

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 155 views]

Caulking is a great, quick and efficient way of plugging holes around windows. In fact, if you buy the correct caulk for the situation it can plug up nearly anything!
Caulking is one of those repairs that will save you money year round, no matter what the season. It forms a nice, tight seal around problem areas and prevents air, warm or cold, within the house from escaping to the outdoors. So heated air stays in the house in winter, and cooler air is retained where it is …

Heating »

[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 28 views]

It’s getting pretty hard around my area to predict when the first serious cold spell will strike. It seems to be getting earlier and earlier every single year. That aside, if you have storm windows, make sure they are in working order before the colder weather arrives.
Here’s a brief checklist on what to look for when looking at and cleaning your storm windows:

Is the glass broken?
Are there any chips?
Is the seal in good condition?
When it is washed, does it leak?
Is it rusted?
Is the glass loose?
Is the frame damaged?

Of …

Do It Yourself Projects, Heating »

[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 412 views]

If you have particularly drafty windows or just want to improve the overall insulation of the window quickly and easily, install insulated plastic.
This is recommended generally for windows with leaks you can’t seem to find or are having trouble repairing.
Of course the optimal solution would be to replace the window eventually, but right now that’s not even an option. So a good workaround would be to insulate it as best you can.
Keep in mind this will somewhat obstruct the view in and out of the window. But it …

Cooling, Heating »

[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 64 views]

When you’re talking about saving money on your heating and cooling, aside from changing some habits, this is where most of your work will probably be…windows and doors. Plus…a lot of the work involved is simple and can be done in no time at all.
Windows and doors are unique because they connect you and your house to the outside world. They can open and close, letting air from the outside in your home. Conversely they can ventilate – let air from inside the home outdoors.
And because they open and …

Home Energy Tips »

[8 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 15 views]

Do this by picking the battles you can win. In other words, don’t take on mammoth projects like replacing whole windows, siding or insulation yourself unless you really know what you’re doing and you can get it done quickly and correctly the first time. After all, that’s what there are professional contractors for. They get paid well because they’re good at what they do. Let them do their job.
While a new window can save hundreds of heating dollars over the years, installed wrong or in a …

Home Energy Tips »

[8 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 13 views]

First, every home, and I mean EVERY HOME, has heat loss. There are no two ways about it. Heat is lost through windows, doors, little openings, cracks, crevices, crawl spaces, uninsulated areas, attics, basements, baseboards, and more. It’s absolutely amazing how many ways heat can escape your home.
In fact, even if you were to take away all the windows in your home, it would still lose heat. If you took away the doors it would still be losing some heat. (That’s a silly concept. I mean, how are you going …

Cooling, Do It Yourself Projects, Heating »

[8 Jan 2009 | 3 Comments | 1,383 views]

There’s a newer product now that advertises great savings on your energy bills while being nearly invisible (if you want it to be). It is replaceable easy installation window film.
The concept is simple and straightforward. Placing a special film, which can be cut or trimmed to size, over the window pane in theory reduces the solar radiation allowed in through the window and improves the R-value (insulation value) of the glass pane itself.
But does this really work? And does it save you money?
First, the solar radiation. The ideal way to …

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[8 Jan 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,343 views]

Do you know what a door sweep is? It is a small piece of rubber or plastic that is typically at the bottom of an outer facing door. It is there to prevent cold air from seeping into the house through the gap that naturally exists.
The problem is after frequent usage, a door sweep will wear out and typically fall off or become damaged. When this happens, you will notice cold air seeping through the bottom of the door in the winter months.
Replacing the door sweep is usually not a …