Common Caulking Mistakes to Avoid This Winter

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Common Caulking Mistakes to Avoid This WinterStudies show that up to 65 percent of your home’s energy is used to heat and cool your living space – yet almost half of conditioned air escapes through the cracks in your foundation. Caulking can help you save more energy. However, if you’re going to caulk on your own, be aware of these five common caulking mistakes.

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Air Leaks Hurt Your Home’s HVAC System: Learn How to Locate a Leak

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Air Leaks Hurt Your Home's HVAC System: Learn How to Locate a LeakAir leaks can threaten the air quality in your home, as well as raising your energy bills. Unfortunately, they’re all too common. Fixing leaks is usually fairly simple, but finding them can be a challenge.

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What’s Fenestration? Why Windows, Doors and Skylights Are Key to Energy Savings

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

What's Fenestration? Why Windows, Doors and Skylights Are Key to Energy SavingsFenestration, a collective term for the doors, windows and skylights that penetrate a building’s exterior, is a key element of your home’s design, providing attractive natural lighting, ventilation and access. With proper design and maintenance, fenestration can enhance your home’s energy efficiency. However, even in our mild climate here in the San Joaquin Valley, bad design, improper installation and neglected maintenance can lead to unnecessary energy losses. 

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Finding Air Leaks and Sealing Them Properly Can Cut Energy Costs

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Finding Air Leaks and Sealing Them Properly Can Cut Energy CostsLocating and effectively sealing air leaks in your Fresno area home is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to improve your home’s indoor comfort level and, at the same time, conserve the energy used for heating and cooling the home. There are dozens of products available for efficiently sealing air leaks, and it’s important to buy and properly apply the ones that best suit your needs. Generally speaking, weatherstripping will be used for sealing leaks around moveable objects such as doors and window sashes, while caulking is best for sealing the gaps and cracks found in stationary areas such as window frames, walls, floors and foundations. For larger cracks and openings, use spray foam.

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Fall Maintenance: It’s Time

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

After a long, hot summer, it’s time to put fall maintenance on your calendar to save energy and increase your indoor comfort. The improvements you make will last well beyond the heating season, and not only will they lower your energy bills, they may also improve your indoor air quality. 

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