Archive for July, 2013

Top 5 Reasons It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 | No Comments

windowMost of us enjoy what we see when we look through the windows of our home.  The summer sun, a child riding a bike or a bird chirping in a tree.  But, it’s safe to say that far fewer of us enjoy what we see when we look at the windows of our home.  Is the paint chipping on that old window? Is there a draft coming in?  Is it costing you lots of money?  You can probably answer the first two questions.  If the answer of the first two is yes, the last answer is also yes.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat loss from inefficient windows can account for 10 to 25-percent of your home’s heating bills.  Those windows also let that precious air conditioning seep out in the summer.  Beyond the money you will save in energy bills, here’s a look at five reasons to buy new windows.

  • Added home value – According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2012-2013 Cost vs. Value Report, replacing windows will increase the average resale value by roughly $7,000.
  • Increased curb appeal – It’s not just about efficiency, but also aesthetics.  By adding a bay window or a picture window you can really catch the eyes of your friends during a dinner party or a potential home buyer.
  • Maintenance free – If you buy vinyl windows, they will not rust or corrode and you don’t have to paint them.
  • Noise reduction – You won’t have any trouble falling asleep or watching a movie with double-pained windows because you won’t be able to hear the neighbor’s dog or the ambulance racing down the steet.
  • Functionality – If you burn the apple pie or there is a huge thunderstorm, you won’t have to worry about trying to open paint-sealed windows or windows with a broken lock.

If you do decide to buy new windows, you should be aware of the following features when making your purchase:

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label – products with this label have passed tests that prove the products meet minimum criteria for energy efficiency.
  • Low-emissivity or low-E coatings – the coating goes on the glass and helps reduce the amount of heat transfer, essentially keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Low-E windows are significantly more expensive than non-coated windows.
  • If you live in a colder climate, pick a window with a low U-factor.
  • If you live in a warmer climate, go with a window that has a low SHGC (solar heat gain co-efficient).

Summertime Safety: Grilling Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

Posted on: July 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

grillingSummertime is here, and with it comes the outdoor barbeques.  If you’re firing up a new grill this weekend, know the steps you need to take to keep your family – and home – safe.

Keep your distance:  No one wants to stand beside a hot grill on a summer day, so keep your grill 10′ from any outdoor seating.  To keep your home safe from the flames and heat, maintain at least a 15′ distance from any overhangs, and never, ever grill within a closed area (even a porch).

 

Level it: Make sure your grills is on a level surface.  Outdoor patios or decks are flat, heat resistant surfaces.  Use these instead of grass, which could be bumpy and catch fire.

Heating appropriately:  If you’re using a charcoal barbeque, never use alcohol, kerosene, or gasoline to start your coals.  Check the coals’ bag for appropriate ways to light.  Remember, charcoal grilling takes awhile to start, so budget time appropriately and don’t use “quick” measures like gasoline.  Also, don’t add lighter fluid once your coals are on fire and cooking.

 

After grilling: When grilling is done, be safe and soak the coals with water.  Close your grill’s lid tightly, and let the grill and coals rest for 48 hours.  If you’re using a gas grill, be sure that the valve is tightly closed on your gas tank.

 

Emergencies: If your grill catches fire, put the lid on the grill or shut off the gas – only if you’re able to get close enough without getting burned.  If not, get away from the grill and call 911.

 

Follow these tips, and you’ll be sure to celebrate the summer and enjoy your barbeques, while keeping your home and family safe.

Our home inspection company's history began in 1991 with the establishment of American Home Inspection. Over the course of the following seven years, a home inspection business prototype was developed that could be implemented anywhere in the United States. Our founders believed they had a unique methodology of providing homebuyers and sellers with consistent, professional and unbiased home inspections.

http://blog.inspectit1st.com © 2012. All Rights Reserved.