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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 70 views]

What does locking your windows do?
First, when a window is locked it typically forms a tighter seal between the two individual windows, so air is less likely to be leaked in our out of the house. Think about it. There has to be some gap for the windows to slide next to each other. Locking them often times reduces this gap drastically, giving the air less chance to leak out.
Additionally, locking a window gives you added security. It is much harder to enter a house through a locked …

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[9 Jan 2009 | One Comment | 511 views]

Unfortunately, there is some bad news that comes along with sealing windows, walls, and doors that may leak. That something is air pollution or contamination within the home. By sealing cracks, you’re saving heat but also giving pollutants less opportunity to escape your home. Carbon Monoxide, an odorless, colorless and very poisonous gas can also be trapped.
To reduce this risk, make sure you change the filter on your furnace often, preferably with a premium one that stops as much allergens and particles as possible. Be especially vigilant if …

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 466 views]

Insulated foam tape is a nice alternative if you have a gap at the top of bottom of a sliding window. If you have a side sliding window, then the left and right of the window are well suited for foam tape.
The foam provides insulation or a buffer so cold air can not enter the house, or warm air can not escape.
If you choose to go this way, make sure you test the tape first. Sometimes it may leave a nasty residue. Also, a lot of times the …

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 853 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 | 160 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 …

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[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 …

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[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 …

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[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 …

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[8 Jan 2009 | 3 Comments | 1,399 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 …