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U-Factor and SHGC: How They Impact Your Windows

Energy bills and windows – they have something to do with the other. Single-pane, outdated windows let warm or cool air escape from the home and allow solar radiation to enter through the glass, causing the heating and cooling unit to work harder. As it does, it requires more energy, thus raising your utility bill. Not all modern windows are the same: Some are energy efficient while others were designed with lower costs in mind. When it comes to choosing the right windows, it pays to know something about U-factor and SHGC. What is U-Factor? U-factor, or U-value, is a term that's given when estimating the heat loss of a window. Windows with lower values provide greater insulation and heat resistance, helping to keep the interior at the proper temperature and to reduce overall energy costs. Some double-pane and triple-pane windows have a U-factor as low as 0.15 and provide maximum...
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What kitchen and bath trends are becoming popular

Whatever your remodeling or redecorating budget and needs, kitchen and bathroom updates can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of your home. Whether you're looking for a complete overhaul or want to make minor changes, these upgrades deliver visual appeal and, in some cases, improved functionality. Space-Savers and Smart Storage Kitchen design right now is focused on smart storage solutions. With the current interest in smaller homes and space maximization in general, it isn't surprising that homeowners want to make the most of the busiest room in the house. A trend has emerged toward fewer cabinets, so clever storage ideas are a must. Some of the most interesting concepts include custom built-in appliance "garages" and hydraulic cabinet doors that tuck away for minimal interference in bustling kitchens.  Kitchen Tech for Next-Level Meal Prep Everything about today's kitchen updates is designed to help you work smarter, not harder....
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What is an R Value and What Does it Mean for Your Home

When you think of the most important parts of your home, what comes to mind? Many people may think of flooring, doors, or windows. There are many vital parts of turning a house into a home. However, the majority of homeowners give little thought to the insulation that lines various parts of their house. Perhaps an unsung hero of the building industry, insulation serves the vital function of regulating your home's temperature and protecting it from the outside elements. Insulation is measured in a numeric R value. What is an R Value?  Insulation is measured by a number referred to as an R value. The R value of insulation measures its thermal resistance. This means that the R value refers to the ability of the insulation to transfer heat from one area to another. In general, the higher the R value of a type of insulation, the better it is at...
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Understanding and Preventing Thermal Bridging

When it comes to energy efficiency, many homeowners are aware that it's important but are not experts on the ways to keep energy costs under control. If you see your heating bill increase, you will notice, but you may be less certain about what to do to mitigate the problem. Is your insulation insufficient? Should you replace your windows or doors? Is the issue an outdated and inefficient furnace? It might surprise you to hear that the culprit in many homes is a rarely discussed principle called thermal bridging. What is Thermal Bridging? In the simplest terms, thermal bridging is when there is a gap in the R-value of your home - an area where heat and cold more easily penetrate your home's envelope. If you stripped your house down to the studs, it would be relatively easy to see how this happens. When you frame a building using traditional methods,...
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