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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

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

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

How To Get A Utility Rebate for Saving Energy

Why Are There Utility Rebates? Our state has set efficiency and conservation requirements for our utilities to hit. “The total amount of savings regulated utilities expected to save in 2017 was roughly equivalent to the amount of electricity it would take to power over 38,000 homes, and the amount of natural gas it would take…

Posted in : Windows, Heating, Cooling, Air conditioning, Home energy audit, Tips to save money

5 Home Winterization Tips to Save Money and Avoid Headaches

Seal Your Windows and Doors Tiny leaks can make a big dent in your home’s energy efficiency—as much as 30 percent per year! (U.S. Department of Energy) Some simple and cost-effective caulking of windows and weather stripping on doors can drastically reduce this leakage. First, find out if you have air leakage. For both doors…

Posted in : Doors, Windows, Heating, Siding, Insulation, Tips to save money

Three tips for saving money as the weather changes

As the weather cools down, your thermostat slowly begins to creep up. Your home may start to feel a bit drafty and your hot showers get a bit longer. There is hope — here are three ways to combat higher energy bills. Time your heat. It’s tempting to crank that heat every time you feel…

Posted in : Windows, Heating, Ductless heat pump, Tank water heaters, Furnace, Home energy audit, Tankless water heaters, Gas fireplace, Insulation

5 ways to beat the heat wave

Revamp or install air conditioning. Sure, this one is obvious. In weather like this, air conditioning creates an oasis for you and your family. You may hear people say that air conditioning is “not necessary in the Northwest.” Wrong! With each passing summer, rising temperatures necessitate air conditioning. Luckily for homeowners, cooling systems continue to…

Posted in : Windows, Cooling, Air conditioning, Ductless heat pump, Home energy audit, Heat pump, Insulation

3 ROI-friendly home upgrades for Puget Sound home sellers

Invest in new fixtures and hardware. Perhaps one of the least expensive upgrades you can make, new fixtures add shine and newness to any room. An older bathroom sink can instantly be brought into the 21st century with a new faucet, which can quickly and inexpensively be replaced by Washington Energy Services. The same goes…

Posted in : Doors, Windows, Plumbing

3 ways to help your home get lucky this month

Get cool with A/C. Sure, St. Patrick’s Day is forecast to be a chilly one. But in just a couple short months, you’ll be perspiring in the PNW sun. Get a jump start on your air conditioning game by installing a new unit now. Not only will you save 20% this month, but you’ll also…

Posted in : Windows, Air conditioning, Siding

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