The easiest way to understand radiant energy is to think of something hot like a fire. The heat radiates out from the source. You don’t have to touch the fire (conductive) or put your hand over the fire (convective) to feel that heat.
That’s why radiant efficient insulations were developed to block that third way in which heat/cold energy travels. They are meant to be installed along with standard insulations. A layer of radiant reflective material is installed on the underside of your roof and another layer is installed over your standard insulation on the floor of your attic space. This layer is what helps to keep the heat you are paying for where it belongs, in your home.
If Radiant blocking insulation is of interest to you give K-Designers a call 800-728-3902 or visit us at www.k-designers.com.
Improvements in manufacturing, not only of your home, but in the products that go in it have kept energy consumption per square foot about even for the last 30 years. That’s not to say that your average home owner is spending less money. The cost of Energy, like everything else, has risen over time. Add to that the fact that newer homes have grown larger over that same period. It’s easy to see why your energy bill continues to rise.
Updating certain areas of your home to a more modern and efficient product will benefit you greatly. If you look at the chart, from the Department of Energy, you can see that keeping your home a comfortable temperature in winter and summer represents 54% of your energy bill. So any changes you make to your home that helps to keep the temperature at a desirable level will result in a measurable savings.
Most builders don’t go beyond the standard insulation. Consider adding a radiant energy reflecting layer in your attic. In the summer radiant heat represents 93% of the heat energy entering your home via the attic, and in the winter it represents 50% of your heat loss through your ceiling. Esheild 11000 will reflect up to 97% of the radiant heat energy striking it.
Replacing your existing windows with a modern more energy efficient model is another way to save. Window technology has come a long way. Modern windows offer several energy saving features: Multiple panes of glass, inert gas sandwiched between the panes, better insulated frames, reflective and filtering film on the exterior. All these decrease energy loss or gain through the window. As an alternative or in addition to your normal windows you could get storm windows. They add another level of insulation and install on the exterior or interior of your existing windows. Normally they are put up during the winter months and taken down and stored for the rest of the year.
Siding isn’t something you will probably install on it’s own for the energy savings but if you are considering a change to your homes exterior you can’t go wrong getting insulated siding. You get a bump in the walls insulation rating and your home’s appearance will be enhanced.
Give K-Designers a call 800-728-3902 or visit us online www.k-designers.com and we’ll walk you through all of these options and more.
Storm doors are installed on the outside of your home’s entry door. They are typically made of metal, vinyl or wood. Usually a portion of the door (full or half) is an open area. This open area is designed to be filled with glass or screen material. The materials can be fixed but are usually made to be interchangeable so the owner can swap between glass or screen material as they wish throughout the year.
Storm doors serve a few different functions. With the glass insert installed they protect your entry door from the harsh weather. They also act as another level of insulation to your home. In more pleasant weather the glass can be switched for screens allowing you to leave your entry door open increasing ventilation while still keeping out the insects. They also provide an added level of security, especially when leaving your exterior door open for increased airflow, or when answering your door.
Storm doors are an excellent addition to any home. If you are thinking about adding a storm door to your home we can certainly help. Give K-Designers a call 800-728-3902 or visit us online www.k-designers.com.
There are many uses for the area under your deck. I think the best use is to create an outdoor living space. Think of it as a room with no air conditioning. Put in a TV, couch and some chairs for an outdoor living room. Maybe get a nice dining set for an alternate dining area. Add some finishing touches like artwork and lighting. Now you are all set to enjoy that outdoor space. That is until a sudden rain shower soaks your dinner party. So what can you do?
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So what can you do? Board up your windows? No, that would be silly. You could use window coverings. (curtains, shades, blinds) They block the UV light but they also block all or at least the majority of the light to do so. While effective you probably don’t want to keep your window coverings closed all the time. So this may not be the solution for you. Coverings are also susceptible to the UV light damage that you are looking to avoid. I’ve actually seen sunlight turn a set of curtains so fragile they tore like tissue paper.
Perhaps the best way to block UV light from entering your home via your windows is to purchase windows that have glass specifically formulated to filter UV light. No need to worry about closing the curtains by 10AM so the sun doesn’t discolor your favorite chair. As an added advantage windows formulated to filter UV light are generally engineered to enhance the energy efficiency of the windows.
If you are looking to replace your windows let K-Designers help you choose the best option for your needs. Give us a call 800-728-3902 or visit us at www.k-designers.com to request your free quote.
There are three main categories of options to consider when looking at doors. What materials you want the door made of, what style or look the door will have(see the image for just some of the options) and the finish. In addition to these consider that a door can have matching side windows (usually referred to as sidelights) that enhance the entry area and add natural light.
Keep your budget in mind and always buy quality.
When you are ready to upgrade your entry door let K-Designers help you make the right choice. Give us a call at 800-728-3902 or visit us online at www.k-designers.com.
This summer why not get a nice permanent shade structure for your patio. K-Designers offers a patio cover system called America’s Dream Koolshade. It provides 100% coverage via solid panels or a variable coverage via beams that can be placed as close or as far apart as you choose. Panels and beams can be combined in any way you like. This gives you complete control over how much or little shade your patio gets. Depending on how you configure the coverage you can extend the seasons in which you can enjoy your patio.
Let us help you enjoy your outdoor space this summer. Give K-Designers a Call 800-728-3902 or visit us at www.k-designers.com to request your free quote.
When you look at the environmental performance (figure 1) and compare it with cost (figure 2) you can see that choosing vinyl siding is good for the environment and can save you money. The whole report can be found here.
If you are ready to go with Vinyl siding on your home or have more questions give K-Designers a call at 800-728-3902. Visit us online www.k-designers.com to learn about all of the home remodeling products we offer.
Why not avoid all that extra work and worry. Have K-Designers install a gutter guard system like Leaf Relief®. It allows the rain to drain through its perforated surface while keeping debris out. In addition to making your life easier it’s sure to add to your home’s resale value.
For more information on Leaf Relief® or any of K-Designers other home remodeling products call 800-728-3902 or visit us at www.k-designers.com.
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