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Energy Star Windows Will Save You Money Read Why

In case that you’re thinking about upgrading your home’s windows, energy efficiency should be at the top of your list of considerations. The correct window purchase for your home makes all the difference in the world in terms of comfort and energy savings especially when you live in a cold climate like ours here in Canada.

You’re most likely familiar with the Energy Star label used to highlight energy efficacy in household appliances. But did you know the Energy Star rating is applied to architectural features as well? Windows, skylights, and doors can also qualify for the esteemed Energy Star designation.

If you narrow your search margin to window models to those with the Energy Star label, you’ll be thankful you did. Not only will your decision have a positive impact on the environment, you’ll notice the positive impact on your finances as well. The average homeowner experiences a 7 – 10% reduction on their utility bills. [Read more…]

All About Window Condensation and How to Get Rid of It

fogged up windows by Bradley Gordon on Flickr

For many homeowners, the start of the winter season means cozy weekend days spent in front of a crackling fire, cold starlit nights, and…window condensation. Even though you may appreciate the “I love Mom” messages inscribed on your interior window glass, they are an indication that something needs to be adjusted in your home. Window condensation can be caused by older single pane windows or it can be from a lack of air flow across a window surface that’s covered by curtains or blinds. Whatever the reason, it is an issue you’ll want to remedy because excess moisture absorbed by your walls can result in mold and mildew problems. Fortunately, window condensation is an easy situation to remedy.

What is condensation?

You may remember learning about condensation back in your general science classes. Water can be a solid, liquid, or gas/vapor, depending on its temperature. Condensation occurs when water in its vapor state comes into contact with a surface whose temperature is lower than that of the surrounding air. [Read more…]

How to Measure Windows for New Ones in 3 Easy Steps?

It’s time to learn how to measure windows so you can order and install correct sized replacements the first time around.

Once you know how to measure windows, you’ll be able to call in an order in no time.

Q: How to Measure Windows?

A: Good Question! Are you ordering replacement windows or retrofit windows? What’s the smallest measurement from jamb to jamb? Do you need a “three-oh, five-oh” or a “five-oh, three-oh” (3050 or 5030)?

With Do-It-Yourself projects, the first step [Read more…]