Living in New England, we experience sweltering heat during the summer and extreme cold during the winter. Many homeowners find themselves struggling to stay comfortable without noticing how much of their hard earned money is going right out the window. It may come as a surprise to some that as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling the house. A large majority of the warm and cool air we use to keep our homes comfortable finds its way out through cracks and drafts.
Thankfully, there is good news. New modern windows can help keep your home draft free and save you money on your heating and cooling bill alike. For a typical home in New England, upgrading from a single paned window and choosing one that is Energy Star qualified can save you as much as $39 a month and $465 annually. Visit https://www.energystar.gov/ for a fun and interactive way to learn more tips and tricks that will help keep the utility bills low.
Many homeowners don’t consider replacing windows until there are obvious signs that indicate window failure. Some of those signs are rotting sills and frames, or condensation and fogged glass. For owners of homes that have wood windows, the maintenance can become a burden and multiple issues arise.
But there are other reasons to consider replacing your windows in addition to the issues that are visibly apparent. Doing your research on different window options is vital for ensuring that your new windows will be the proper fit for your home. Benefits of new windows include:
Easy Maintenance: Homeowners will benefit from the advancements that have been made in technology, manufacturing, and window design. Today’s windows are well constructed, easy to clean and durable.
UV Protection: Modern windows with UV protection guard can help prevent your furniture, flooring, and art work form looking old fast. It will also protect your skin and eyes from harmful UVA rays.
Noise Reduction: For those who live in an area of high traffic this is a great advantage. High quality, properly fitting windows reduce outside noise and restore your sense of privacy.
Aesthetics: Windows are a key factor in your home’s visual appearance, both inside and from the curb. Updating windows can drastically change the appearance of your home and be a striking feature.
Light: Natural light makes any environment more pleasant. Modern windows have smaller frames and larger glass surface, allowing more light into your home.
Here is an easy way to keep your glass shower enclosure clean without using harsh chemicals. You can try this method the next time you’re taking a shower with products that are in arms reach, and say goodbye to spotted or milky glass. Just a quick scrub and some elbow grease a couple times a week and you will be amazed at how clean your shower glass will look.
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What you’ll need:
- Any kind of shampoo
- Nylon puff body scrubber
Put a small dab of shampoo on your scrubber.
Scrub the shower glass in small circular motions.
Splash water on the suds to rinse the glass clean.
Once you are done showering and have turned the water off, use a squeegee to dry the glass. It is helpful to keep the door open when you are done so that the steam can leave the enclosure. By keeping the door open after every shower, condensation on the glass is limited and the glass will stay cleaner longer.
Enjoy your crystal clear view!