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The Science Behind Energy Efficient Windows

IGU’s have made two major technological improvements.  The first is a microscopically thin, low emissivity layer in the window which is commonly known as Low-E.  This clear coating—Low-E—is specifically engineered to block heat. When the sun’s UV rays enter a home, the Low-E clear coating optimizes light transmission and keeps the heat discomfort of UV…

Posted in Windows, Tips to save money, Home improvement

Windows and Patio Doors⁠ — Summer Hosting in Style

Windows save on energy costs. This is perhaps the most impactful benefit of installing new windows. According to ENERGY STAR, you can save between $101–$583 a year when you replace your single-pane windows with a more energy efficient solution. If you have leaky, aluminum, or single-pane windows, your home loses energy year-round. In the winter,…

Posted in Doors, Windows, Seattle

Facts about World Environment Day

Since 1974 the United Nations has lead the celebration for World Environment Day on June 5th annually. It is celebrated in over 100 countries as a day to encourage awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Each year there is a different theme and host country with 2019’s theme being “Beat Air Pollution”…

Posted in Heating, Cooling, Indoor Air Quality

Severe NW heatwave & drought predictions

Not only are we going into summer with predictions about some of the hottest summers in Washington, but we’re expecting one of the driest. Over the past couple summers we have seen increasingly drier and hotter summers with summer of 2019 keeping that trend alive. The National Weather Service & NOAA is predicting over 60%…

Posted in Heating, Cooling, Air conditioning, Seattle

Windows in pane? When to repair, and when to replace.

What does a stray baseball, a rotting frame, and a broken seal have in common?
Each scenario forces you to make a decision about your windows: repair or replace. There are several factors to contemplate when the time comes to answer this question.

Posted in Windows

How to Get a Return on Your Remodel

Remodeling requires a time investment for owners, headaches from managing contractors and, of course, the cost required to perform upgrades. Get the tips and tricks to optimize your investment.

Posted in How to, Tips to save money, Home improvement

Improve Indoor Air Quality During Wildfire Smoke

Many will remember last year when Seattle had the unenviable distinction of having five times worse air quality than Beijing during another year of wildfire smoke inundating the Puget Sound.  https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/air-quality-in-seattle-currently-worse-than-beijing/813714101 Scientific modeling and consensus shows poor air quality from smoke may be increasing in the near future.  While the long term factors (increases in…

Posted in Cooling, Indoor Air Quality

3 Technical Window Features Explained

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and invest in new windows, do your research ahead of time. Windows vary in quality, features, and benefits. Oftentimes the explanation of these benefits can get a bit complicated, so we’ve broken down three of the most common (and slightly technical) terms and features below.

Posted in Windows

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace

In general, a good furnace typically lasts about 20 to 25 years. Great maintenance, including regular inspection by heating and cooling system experts, can extend the life of a furnace by a few years. Furnaces that have reached the end of their useful life can cause big spikes in your power bill. They can also…

Posted in Furnace, Tips to save money

5 Seasonal Remodeling Hacks for Homeowners

Being a savvy shopper isn’t just about the weekly ads or coupons. Get trade-secrets with this article on the Top 5 Seasonal Remodeling Hacks for 2019. Learn when to investing in your home’s remodel that will save you thousands.

Posted in How to, Tips to save money, Home improvement

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