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5 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bills

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Jan 4, 2021 12:25:58 PM

Changes in seasons will often cause homeowners to pour more money into their electric bills. Heating expenses rise, while changes in sunset times create a heavier reliance on electricity for lighting. However, as a homeowner, there are a few things you can do today that can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars down the line on your energy bills. 

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Siding, Doors

Best Windows for Cold Weather

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Dec 17, 2020 11:04:48 AM

As winter descends on the Northern Hemisphere, homeowners search for ways to keep their living spaces warmer, while managing reasonable energy efficiency and utility bills. Some may not realize how important windows are to keeping the heat in through a frigid Minnesota winter.

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Window Features

Performance Ratings for Windows and Doors

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Dec 15, 2020 12:04:14 PM

When it comes to the overall performance of your windows and doors, it is vital to understand their efficiency, which means understanding how to read performance labels.  Performance labels are applied to a window or door at the point of manufacture, and they indicate the results of individual tests. These tests indicate the efficiency of a product, and these ratings are some of the most important factors when it comes to replacing windows and doors. Performance ratings grade efficiencies like U-Factor, VT, and Air Leakage, all of which impact monthly energy bills and living standards. These ratings are best used when compared to ENERGY STAR's map for ideal ratings based on different geographic regions. Click below to learn more about the industry's highest-rated window in the major performance categories. 

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Window Features, Siding, Doors

How to Keep your Energy Bills Low this Winter

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Nov 18, 2020 9:07:47 AM

Without proper care and attention, energy bills in the wintertime can grossly exceed what we actually have to spend to keep our homes comfortable. The sheer variety of ways that energy efficiency can be leached from a home is one of the greatest problems facing the diligent owner. Improperly sealed windows, old siding, inadequate insulation in the walls  -- there is, unfortunately, a plethora of little escape routes and crannies for the heat to leave and the cold to work its way in. In this article we’ll talk about some of these routes, and go over some practical ways to address them. 

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Roofing, Siding

What Are the Signs That It's Time for Home Window Replacement?

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Mar 13, 2020 2:16:07 PM
It isn’t always predictable when you’ll need to replace your home’s windows . High-quality, well-maintained windows can last for 20 years or more. However, window longevity is subject to factors such as design, climate, moisture, and sun exposure. Window replacement can seem like a daunting and costly task, and many homeowners attempt to save money by putting off installing new windows until it’s absolutely necessary. However, it’s very important to watch for certain symptoms that yours have outlived their expiration date. Neglecting a house with old, ill-fitted or damaged windows can lead to far more time-consuming and costly expenses.

10 Signs That You Need to Replace Old Windows

If you know what to look for, it doesn’t take a professional to know when you’re due for an update. When diagnosing if it’s time for home window replacement be watchful for these ten indicators.

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows