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Residential Comfort & Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, May 26 2020
Beat the Maryland Summer Heat!

I wanted to share an experience that I had when I moved into a townhouse in Laurel a few years ago. Prior to moving to North Laurel, I lived mostly in West Laurel, so I am not new to the area. What was a first time experience for me was July 2018. Whew! It was so hot! And so was the upstairs bedrooms all day and into the night and we were a bit concerned as it was our first summer in the new home and we like it cool when we sleep. At the time, I was about six months into being a home energy auditor. I was learning a lot, especially out in the field working with people in their homes all day. What I was realizing is that I am not alone. Lots of others are also hot upstairs in the summer. I wanted to share because here is what some people do and it does not solve their problem: 1. Replace HVAC System 2. Replace Windows Here is what we did (with a little insider info) and it came along with measurable results: Air sealed and insulated the attic and basement Now, the temperature throughout our townhouse is far more regulated. The upstairs is still a bit hotter during the hottest of days with full sun, but it cools down in the evenings and we can sleep. During the winter after getting the insulation work done, it was much easier to heat the house too. Anyways, I like to share that story with people I know because I see too many people trying to solve comfort with new AC or new windows and the only way to do it is with proper home assessment & correctly installed insulation. Hope you find a way to beat the Maryland summer heat!!

Wednesday, May 06 2020
Windows-Key Factors and Steps to Remember

Key Purchasing Factors Should Be

  • Energy Efficiency – cost savings, reduction of heat loss
  • Price – affordability, something that fits your budget
  • Style – find the windows that will work best with your home
  • Security – felling safe at home
  • Durability – won’t rot, deteriorate or crack
  • Maintenance – easy for anyone to maintain and clean
  • Durable Seals – reduces drafts for higher level of comfort
  • Noise Reduction – lessens the amount of outside noises
  • Appearance – enhances the beauty of your home – in/out
  • Easy to Operate – open and close without any hassles
  • UV Protection – guards against the sun’s damaging rays
  • Ease of Installation – easy, neat and accurate
 
Planning for Replacement Windows
 

Step 1  Figure out which windows in your home need to be replaced.  Do you want to replace all of them or just certain ones?
Step 2  Determine your budget so you know just how much you have to spend.  The number of windows and setting your budget are determining factors as to what style of windows you can purchase.

Step 3  Examine various window types and decide what style would best fit your home.  Be sure to find the right windows to suit your needs and that are right for our region.

Step 4  Do research and gather all the information you can.  Familiarize yourself with the products and options available to you. This is a great opportunity to write down any questions you want answered.

Step 5  Get in contact with several local replacement window distributors and dealers.  Ask questions and receive price quotes.

Step 6  Find out about the warranties and service support.  Learn about the company itself and their qualifications. The credibility of the company is important.

Step 7  Based upon window type, price, service and your impressions, select where you would like to make the purchase.

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