Featured Image, Reviews, Smart Home, Windows / 02.08.2021

Smart gadgets can make life a lot easier for a homeowner. Connect an electronic, computerized device to a mobile app – or maybe a home hub – and we can save a lot of time an energy. The rise of assistive technology from Google and Alexa means that many homes now have smarter homes. The internet of things is expanding so that we can lock the door, turn on lights and use entertainment systems with voice controls. There are now companies that claim to have created systems for...

Home Security, Reviews, Smart Home, Windows / 06.03.2019

There is a great appeal in modern properties with big open windows and glass fronts that let in lots of sunshine at the best parts of the day. Many of us still achieve this pleasure on a smaller scale via large patio doors that open into a large living room. These are great features on sunny days when we want the best of the sunshine. However, there can be privacy issues with these large glass areas. These rooms can also get quite hot in the height of summer. That...

Windows / 12.06.2018

The choices of window types and styles today are almost endless. Windows can be customized to fit any opening and the efficiency of the windows can vary significantly depending on the options that are chosen. One of the options on windows that affect the efficiency of a window is between-glass blinds. This system is a very smart innovation that provides valuable shade during periods of intense sun exposure while sporting the convenience of no maintenance and no window treatments. The downside of this product is the lack of...

Windows / 12.06.2018

To fix difficult-to-operate blinds, peer inside the head rail, which is the long metal piece at the top of the blinds that holds them, and locate the square metal pieces or friction clips connected to the track. Remove one or all of the friction clips if the blinds are difficult to operate. This should solve the problem. Lightly pull down on the bottom rail or long metal piece at the bottom of the blinds to reactivate spring if blinds will not lift. Release the cord lock if blinds will...

DIY, Windows / 12.06.2018

One thing that most homes have in common is a lack of storage units. And oftentimes, the space in front of windows is under-utilized. Why not kill two birds with one stone and install an attractive window seat that doubles as storage space? It's a good idea to install solar window film to increase comfort and to save money on utility bills while cooling and heating the home. Designing the Window Seat It's a given that the dimensions of the window are not going to change, so that's a good starting...

Windows / 12.06.2018

The days of designing a home with few or small window openings in order to conserve heat are behind us, but it is not an inexpensive project to upgrade the old single-pane, wood frame types of windows of older homes and buildings. In order to make your choices easier, this is a guide to the most popular types of windows found in North American homes. Becoming familiar with the terms will also add to your enjoyment of the process. Awning - windows that are hinged at the top...

Windows / 12.06.2018

Chilly spring rain and layers of snow can conspire to introduce wet rot on residential wood. This also includes fascia boards, door thresholds and jambs, and wooden garage doors. While checking for this problem, take time to inspect the weatherstripping. How to Spot Signs of Wet Rot Obviously, a visual inspection is a preliminary way to detect damage due to moisture retention. What are some signs? Bubbling paintwork or spot flaking indicates that something is going on beneath the surface to make the paint lose its bond. But a visual isn't...

Windows / 12.06.2018

There's no getting around it; the hotter the weather gets, the more expensive indoor climate control gets. There are a number of things that can be done to the home to rein in energy expenditure and lower utility bills. Using solar window film to save energy is a good jumping off point. Save Money on Energy Costs Energy efficiency is all the rage these days, and people everywhere are looking for ways to save money on their utility bills. Today’s newer, more energy efficient homes are being built with Low-E...

Windows / 17.05.2018

When windows are installed, there is a gap all around the windows that allows the installer to center the window and make sure that the window is level. Before finishing the project, the gap between the windows is insulated to add R-value and air seal the edge of the window. This area is often neglected and is a major source for air infiltration. What is worse is that people fix this issue with the wrong types of products. Some of these products are designed for this application, but...