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Window Insulation

The Benefits of Window Insulation Film

Window insulation film is one way to improve your window’s performance. It is fairly inexpensive and easy to install. But that’s not all. Window films also have one of the highest performances per dollar spent. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits. What is Window Insulation Film? Window insulation film, also sold in a window insulation kit, is a plastic sheet that is applied over the window. There are shrink films and static cling films available. With shrink window insulation films, you will be using double-sided tape and a hair dryer or heat gun.  This creates a tight

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Windows

This Is What You Need To Know About Low-E Glass Coatings

Energy efficient windows are one of the essentials when updating your home. Windows have improved over time in terms of thermal and solar performance. One of these improvements is the low-e glass coating. But what is this coating? Let’s find out. The Different Types of Light The solar energy spectrum can be divided into ultraviolet light, infrared light, and visible light. Ultraviolet is the light responsible for the fading which occurs on fabrics, walls, and other interior materials. As the name suggests, visible light is the light that we are able to see with our own eyes. Infrared light is

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Should You Buy Triple Pane Windows?

  Shopping for windows can be difficult. How do you choose what type of window to use in your home? Look at factors such as durability, energy efficiency, and cost. These can help to differentiate between double and triple pane windows. In this article, we’re going to compare a few of the differentiating factors between the two. Double Pane Windows Double pane windows are also known as double glazed windows. They offer up to a 50% reduction in heat loss over single pane windows. That reduction can be further decreased if a fiberglass frame is used. The main advantage these

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DIY Window Replacement

When replacing windows, many homeowners would like to avoid the extra cost of hiring a contractor. The good news is that window replacement can be done by the homeowner. You will need a level, a crowbar, a hammer and a screw gun. You will also need galvanized screws, foam insulation, felt paper, shims, window wrap, and nails. Let’s get started! Remove The Old Window The first step in your window replacement is to remove the old window. Use the crowbar to remove the entire window casing, including the trim and sill plate. If you just need to replace the window

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The Pros and Cons of Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows are widely used for their energy efficiency and capacity for saving money and raising a home’s value. Uninsulated windows are responsible for almost 25% of the yearly costs for cooling and heating in the average US home. It should come as no surprise that any solution to this problem is popular with homeowners. Pros In terms of energy efficiency, double pane windows are a major improvement over a single pane of glass. A window with double panes means it has two sheets of glass in one window frame. This creates a space between the sheets of glass

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Most Common Ways to Window Seal

  Insulated windows are not the only way to improve your energy bill. You can combat air leaks by using a window seal. Sealing a window has several benefits, and it is especially important to seal any leaks to help prevent damage to your HVAC system. Not only will you be able to save money on your energy bill, you will also save money in the long-term by protecting your HVAC unit.  Air leaks are found when outside air enters the house through cracks and openings. Air takes the path of least resistance, so seal largest openings first. What are the

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Windows and Energy Efficiency

Windows are elements of the home which often negatively impact the home’s energy efficiency. With the right windows, you can lower your utility bills, create a more comfortable atmosphere in your home, and reduce the load on your HVAC unit. Improving Existing Windows You can improve the energy efficiency of your home by making some changes to your existing windows.  These changes can include adding storm windows, caulking and weatherstripping, or treatments and coverings. You can use storm windows, caulking and weatherstripping to reduce air leaks, and treatments can help reduce heat transfer. Tips for Cold Weather  You can use

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DIY Window Insulation – 4 Ways to Cheaply Insulate Your Windows

Upgrading to energy efficient windows is the best way to reduce heat gain and heat loss through your windows. However, sometimes investing in good energy efficient windows isn’t an option. Or maybe you have energy efficient windows but want to increase your window efficiency even more. How can you achieve that? When you raise the R-value rating of your windows through insulation methods you can reduce heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter.  These DIY window insulation options can help you find the right balance between insulating your windows and managing your costs.  Caulking and Weatherstripping

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Guide to Window Insulation

Window insulation can be approached in two ways: through the windows themselves and through window coverings. In this short guide, we’re going to offer an introduction to both of these methods and help you get a foundational knowledge of window insulation. Insulated windows are a powerful asset for every home, being useful in both cold and warm climates. In a warm climate, high-performance windows are particularly useful as the temperature climbs towards 100°F. Good windows help in keeping the inside temperature to a more comfortable level. U-factor The most effective insulating windows have a low U-factor, and a high R-value.

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