Drafty House? Six Home Energy Saving Tips

Want to put more money in your pocket? You can save up to 10% or more on your energy bill by eliminating as many the air leaks in your home as possible. During the summer warm air leaks into your home and during the winter leaks out of your home, wasting a good portion of your energy dollars. One of the fastest and highest payback dollar-saving jobs you can do around the house is to caulk, seal, and weather-strip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside air.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Check your home for air tightness. On a windy day, hold a lit incense stick next to locations of potential air paths to the outside, like windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, and ceiling fixtures. If the smoke blows horizontally, you have found an air leak that can use weatherstripping, sealing, or caulking.

2. Caulk and seal gaps where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrate through exterior walls, floors and ceilings.

3. Install rubber gaskets in back of exterior wall outlets and switch plates.

4. Dirty, grimy spots on your insulation can indicate holes where air leaks into and out of your house. Look underneath the insulation batting for holes and gaps and seal them by stapling sheets of plastic over the holes, then caulk the edges of the plastic.

5. In winter, when the fireplace is not being used, keep the flue damper closed tightly. Chimneys are created to allow smoky air to escape, so unless the flue is closed, warm air escapes, and with it, your heating budget.

6. Installing storm windows over single-pane windows or replacing them with double-pane windows is a major savings not to be overlooked. Windows can make up 10% to 25% of your heating bill. Adding storm windows can cut the heat loss in half.

While all of these tips will help you save money, nothing beats the energy efficiency of new windows. For a free window inspection, along with our suggestions on cost-saving options to help you reduce those drafts, give us a call at 1-800-465-0593. We’ll be glad to stop by and let you know how your windows are doing, what you need to do to get them sealed up before winter, and how we can save you money over the long term with our high-efficiency custom window systems.

Windows and Doors in Brampton

Here’s a beautiful matching window and entry door installation in Brampton. We’re especially proud of the classic, clean look and the great detailing on these custom windows and door. See for yourself:

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To talk to one of our experienced design and installation experts, and to take advantage of our limited-time seasonal offers, be sure to CONTACT US today. We’ll be happy to come see you and help you get the installation that’s right for you.

Energy-Efficient Windows: It’s About Home Comfort

If any of the windows in your home are leaking air and you are thinking about replacing them, a little bit of planning will cut your energy bill and guarantee you a more comfortable, draft-free home for years to come.

When buying new windows, it’s worthwhile to select the best high-performance models available. They’ll pay you back in increased comfort, better draft and moisture control, improved health and lower heating and cooling costs. The difference is because of the use of insulated spacers, low-E film on the glass and an inert gas, such as argon or krypton, to fill the space between the two panes of glass. Because the inert gas stops heat transfer between the two panes, the inside pane stays much warmer and comfortable to the touch. High-efficiency windows will increase the resale value of your home by making it more comfortable, and they also help block outside noise.

Windows should be installed properly by a qualified contractor. That’s why Lifestyle Home Products trains and certifies our own team in the proper manufacture and installation of every custom window we build.

To find out just how efficient our Canadian climate windows are, talk to one of our product specialists today. Getting your windows up to the highest standard now, before the weather gets colder, can save you a lot of money on your energy costs over the winter while greatly enhancing the indoor comfort of your home year-round. Call 1-800-465-0593 for more information, and book your free consultation today!

Window Installation in Stouffville

While it’s always a good design choice to match your window trim to the siding or trim on your home, having your windows trimmed in a high-contrast colour can create a striking effect that has a high impact on the look and appeal of your home.

At Lifestyle, our windows are custom manufactured right here in Ontario, and designed according to your specifications. Just have a look at these amazing sealed window units, installed in a Stouffville home. The high contrast trim makes them really pop!

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If you’d like to see what options are available to really dress up the design of your home’s exterior while making a huge improvement to your energy bills all year long, stop by one of our showrooms, us the CONTACT form, or call us toll free at 1-800-465-0593. We’ll be happy to help!

3 Tips to Staging the Outside of Your Home Like a Pro

Are you considering putting your house up for sale, but not sure where to start? Afraid it will take too long to sell, or that you won’t get the price you want? Think about “staging” your home, or in other words, setting the scene for immediate buyer interest in your property.

To be really effective, you need to look at both the outside and the inside of your home. Here are 3 tips to get you started with the outside of your home:

1. Go stand on the street to see what buyers see when driving up to the house. Be aware that any negative impressions they get outside the house (landscaping not maintained or non-existent, peeling paint, etc.) is just going to make them think that the house itself has not been well taken care of. So even if you have spent the time and money to fix up the interior, it would all be wasted if the clients get a bad first impression as they drive up to the house.

2. Next, step outside your front door and close the door; then stand on the stoop and look around for 5 minutes. While the realtor fumbles for keys and tries to figure out how to open the door, the clients are standing behind and looking around. So what are they seeing? Dead plants, old Halloween decorations in the middle of January, cobwebs? Again, not a good first impression!

It’s definitely worth it to take some time and clean it up. Want to go a step further? Try a new coat of paint or some new furniture or accessories.

3. Don’t forget the backyard. While that might not be part of the potential buyer’s first impression experience, you still should make sure it’s in the best condition possible. Pull up weeds, water plants, do some sweeping (if that’s applicable in your case) and maybe even purchase new furniture or accessories (plant pots, bird houses, etc.)

And the biggest tip of all? Imagine yourself as a potential buyer looking at your property for the very first time. What impressions are you getting? Would YOU buy your house? What would you like to see changed before you put an offer on your house?

And don’t worry about spending several thousand dollars to get your house ready to sell – you’ll get it all back when your house sells. Proper staging helps you sell your house in a shorter time and at the price you want.