Supreme Garage Door https://www.supremegaragedoor.com Dallas Garage Door Repair Sun, 06 Dec 2020 10:59:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SGD.pngSupreme Garage Doorhttps://www.supremegaragedoor.com 32 32 Home Energy Saving Tipshttps://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/06/home-energy-saving-tips/ https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/06/home-energy-saving-tips/#respond Sun, 06 Dec 2020 10:57:32 +0000 https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/?p=368Home Energy Saving Tips Whether you admit it or not, with all the expenses you have in mind, no matter how big your salary is, you still want to save some extra bucks in one way or another. And the best place to start saving is right at your very home; on your power bills. …

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Whether you admit it or not, with all the expenses you have in mind, no matter how big your salary is, you still want to save some extra bucks in one way or another. And the best place to start saving is right at your very home; on your power bills. Yes, your power bills.

All your appliances and electric gadget consume electricity and pile up to your ever-growing electric bills month after month contributes to your burden as a homeowner (or a tenant in a rented place). This calls for complete information on how to start lowering your home energy consumption while not depriving yourself of all the technology you have bought.

· Let us start with how well-sealed your home is…

Ensuring that your house is totally sealed keeps your heating devices maximize its use, at the same time, save some energy. If you live in the southern part of the country, a perfectly sealed home keeps the temperature of your house maintained. This will also maximize the power of your air conditioning system.

To do this, keep your window, sills, doorframes, and joints tight. Apply sealant on these places so that the air from the outside does not mix with the air on the inside. Whether you want to heat up or cool down your home, a properly sealed house will keep your heater or air conditioning system in its best function. You surely don’t want the warm or cold air to go in and out of your home. This will consume more energy than it should be.

Heat loss can also occur on windows. To prevent this, use a plastic window cover. Plastics are the best material to insulate and keep the heat of your home inside.

Free-flowing heating vents and air grills will maximize the flow of heat in your home. Keep interference such as rugs, furniture, and drapes away from them.

On moveable sections of windows and doors, you may want to use weatherstripping. Weatherstrips are rubber materials that seal the movable object from its non-moveable object. This will go on garage doors, exterior doors, operable windows, and the door of the attic.

· Then, proceed with the blinds and drapes…

If you want to keep your home warm during cold weather, choose drapes that would cover the windows entirely. If it is sunny, open the drapes let the sun’s heat insulate your home. In this way, you save a lot of money on the heating system.

· The thermostat…

You can lower down your thermostat while you are away and while you are asleep. A centigrade lower equals to 2% saved energy. Again, you may want to turn the heating down if you are not around.

· Then the laundry and dishwashing…

You should know this: You can save as much as 85 to 90% when you turn the dial of your laundry to cold. Heating the water will consume a lot of energy. Also, you can save a lot when you wash a full load. One last thing: a front-loading washing machine saves you 50% on water and 50% on energy.

Dishwashers consume the same energy regardless of wash loads. Therefore, it would be much more energy-efficient if you load your dishwasher full.

· Go to the basement…

Most heat is lost when your basement has leaks and drafts on the walls. Make sure you seal these places so that you can conserve a lot of heat and energy. You may also add insulation in your basement to ensure that the heat is conserved.

One good way to know if your basement has leaks or drafts is to look for spider webs. When there is a web, there are leaks.

· Time to go to the garage…

Do not turn on the heating system at your garage full time. Whether you stay at your garage often or not, you can always heat it up minutes before you get in there. You can save a lot of energy if you do this. Remember: use your garage heating system only if necessary.

· And finally… your electronic devices.

Whether it is your tv, stereo, lights, or any other devices that use electricity, make sure that you turn them off when not in use.

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It is vertical market leaders in the home security, appliance, and automobile industries that need to start scratching their heads and thinking about reaching new business owners. DVR system, digital subscription TV services, and home security systems are all dependant on a standard phone line to function. To combat this fear, many people are increasing the level of home security to protect their families and valuables.

This is the latest version of the drive-by garage door remote theft where criminals would use universal remote controls to open garage doors without arousing the suspicions of neighbors, police, or home security companies. The best way of making the most of any home security discount that your insurance provider offers is to ensure that your house is fitted with deadbolt locks, smoke detectors/alarms, and if possible a burglar and fire alarm that is monitored. For example, let’s say you’re selling home security products.

A classic piece of rubbish for the security book would be:-“We at ACME security have been leaders in the field of home security for over seventy years, winning the Queen’s Award for the industry on at least five occasions. Security Services Internet can be compared to services like ADT home security. There are less dramatic, but nevertheless fear-inspired, examples: Fear incites us to buy life insurance, to floss our teeth, to buy cars with airbags, to install home security systems, and to purchase guns.

Consider these technology services related keyword examples and the results they yield on Google:

* Home Office Supplies: 450,000,000 results
* Satellite TV: 61,900,000 results
* High Speed Internet Access: 123,000,000 results
* VOIP: 112,000,000 results
* Long Distance Services: 67,000,000 results
* Internet Conferencing: 40,600,000 results
* Web Hosting: 295,000,000 results
* Home Security Systems: 481,000,000 results

If a person wanted to a comparison shop for these technical services, they would spend days, even weeks, going through all of these results, in order to find the best deal on all of these services. Some less than obvious facts are that new business owners are 150% more likely to install a home security system in their home within the first 6 months of starting their business.

$1 per click to Google to advertise under the keyword phrase burglar alarm, but if they wanted to advertise using the keyword phrase home security systems they pay approximately $5 per click to Google. This may be the ideal time to install that home security system you’ve been thinking about.

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Choosing Hurricane Window Protectionhttps://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/06/choosing-hurricane-window-protection/ https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/06/choosing-hurricane-window-protection/#respond Sun, 06 Dec 2020 10:50:55 +0000 https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/?p=367Choosing Hurricane Window Protection Hurricane window protection helps safeguard the most vulnerable part of your house in the event of a storm. High winds can send projectiles flying through your windows. The high pressure that results from the glass break can either blow out the windows on the other side or take off your roof. …

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Hurricane window protection helps safeguard the most vulnerable part of your house in the event of a storm. High winds can send projectiles flying through your windows. The high pressure that results from the glass break can either blow out the windows on the other side or take off your roof. Proper protection is essential to prevent this from happening to you.

Choosing Hurricane Window

Here are some things to consider when choosing window protection for your home:

– How easy is the product to install? Can you do it yourself, or will you need to hire a professional?

– Consider the cost of the product. If you can DIY, the cost will be less.

– How easy will it be to prepare the home for an impending storm? Are the shutters fixed to the home, or will you need to hang them?

– Consider the areas you need to be protected. Take into consideration windows and doors. Don’t forget the garage door, which may need additional support.

Shutters for Hurricane Window Protection

Accordion Shutters

Accordion shutters come in either one or two pieces. They are permanently attached to the sides of the window, so you won’t need to take them on and off the house. They unfold to cover the window, like an accordion. They are easy to close for one person and lock with a key.

Bahama Shutters

Bahama Shutters attach above the windows and are propped open when not in use. This has an additional benefit of providing shade from the sun. When needed, lower the shutters and secure them to the wall. This job is easily done by one person.

Colonial Shutters

Colonial style hurricane shutters come in two pieces and have a louvered design. They are attached to both sides of the window and are easily closed when needed. Most use a storm rod to lock them in place. These are good for decoration as well as protection.

Roll Down Shutters

Roll down shutters are attached to the wall above the windows. The shutters are stored in a closed box. When needed, push a button to lower them and lock them in place. These are more expensive but offer excellent protection. Look for a system that has a battery back up. This will allow you to open them in the event of a power failure.

Storm Panels

Storm panels are made of either aluminum or steel. They attach to the window on tracks. Each piece overlaps for increased strength. You will need to install these prior to a storm. The panels slide into the tracks and are bolted. This can be cumbersome and you may need help in putting them up.

Special Glass for Hurricane Windows

Impact-resistant glass is a fairly new product. This is becoming very popular in new home construction for homes in hurricane-prone areas. They are available for both windows and sliding glass doors. Since the window is always there, you don’t need to do anything to prepare for bad weather.

These can be added to existing homes but can be very expensive. This is not a do it yourself job. You will need a professional installer to do the job right. If not properly installed, your home will not be protected. The glass in these windows meets current codes in Florida for home protection.

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How to Keep Your Home Secure Without Spending a Dimehttps://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/06/how-to-keep-your-home-secure-without-spending-a-dime/ https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/06/how-to-keep-your-home-secure-without-spending-a-dime/#respond Sun, 06 Dec 2020 10:46:45 +0000 https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/?p=366How to Keep Your Home Secure Without Spending a Dime Source: Flickr Your home is your castle, and your family your greatest asset, so you want to keep everything safe. But if you’ve priced home security systems lately, you might have felt your bank book cringe. I’m not going to tell you not to buy …

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Your home is your castle, and your family your greatest asset, so you want to keep everything safe. But if you’ve priced home security systems lately, you might have felt your bank book cringe.

I’m not going to tell you not to buy an alarm system, but if you’re not at a point where you can invest thousands of dollars, and you just want to do a few things to make your home safer, this article is for you.
I’m going to give you a list of tips you can use to make your home safer without spending any money.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that burglars are lazy. Like most people, they want the highest reward with the least possible risk and effort. The more challenging you can make your house appear, the more likely the burglar is to pass on by and pick on somebody else (or–let’s hope–go away altogether). So, how do you make your home appear secure without screeching alarms, video surveillance cameras, barbed wire fences, and a yard full of Dobermans?

Here are your tips:
Trim shrubs back from doors and walkways (this ensures would-be thieves don’t have any shadowy nooks to hide in).

Lock your storage shed and don’t leave tools out in the yard (burglars can use ladders, shovels, etc. to gain access to your home).

Keep the lawn mowed and the exterior of the house maintained (a downtrodden appearance can suggest you are away from home a lot or that you just don’t care enough to worry about your house).

Plant thorny shrubs beneath first-story windows (if you wouldn’t want to climb through a tangle of thorns to reach an open window, chances are a burglar won’t either).

If an outdoor light burns out, change it right away.
Don’t display your valuables conspicuously (i.e. huge plasma TV on a living room wall that is visible from the street), as this only tempts thieves.

When you make new purchases (such as said plasma TV), don’t leave the boxes by the curb to announce your valuable acquisitions–break boxes down and stuff them in your recycling bin.

Don’t store house keys under the doormat, a rock, etc. (thieves are wise to all the tricks–if you always lose your keys, consider a fingerprint-activated lock instead).

Keep tree branches trimmed back from windows and your roof.
Make sure the garage doors are sturdy (no loose panels or damaged corners), especially if the garage is attached to the house.

Check your garage door opener if you haven’t changed it from the factory setting. There’s usually a row of 10-12 switches. If all except one is pointing the same direction, the combination is easy to break (the thief has a 1 in 10 or 1 in 12 chance of getting it).

Always shut and lock your doors when you leave the house.
Hopefully, these tips will help you make your home less of a target. Remember, home security is as much a matter of employing common sense as it is a bunch of expensive gadgets and gizmos.

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Developing a Garage Addition Building Plan and Estimating Garage Addition Costshttps://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/04/developing-a-garage-addition-building-plan-and-estimating-garage-addition-costs/ https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/04/developing-a-garage-addition-building-plan-and-estimating-garage-addition-costs/#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 08:14:40 +0000 https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/?p=350Developing a Garage Addition Building Plan and Estimating Garage Addition Costs The decision to add on a garage addition to a home is one of the best home improvement projects a homeowner can make. A garage addition provides great utility and can significantly increase the value of a home. Prior to actually breaking ground, however, …

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The decision to add on a garage addition to a home is one of the best home improvement projects a homeowner can make.
A garage addition provides great utility and can significantly increase the value of a home. Prior to actually breaking ground, however, a garage addition plan and garage addition costs estimates should be developed.

A garage addition plan starts with making initial sketches of the garage addition concept and evaluating how it will tie in with the existing home structure. Though most homeowners prefer a large garage, it is very important during this phase to consider proportions between the existing home and the new garage addition. To aesthetically look appealing from the road the garage addition length should not exceed two-thirds the length of the existing home. Otherwise, the garage addition could overwhelm the existing home structure. The depth or width of the garage addition is less critical from an aesthetic standpoint, as it is usually less visible from the road.

Once the initial sketches have been completed, detailed garage addition building plans should be generated. Depending on the complexity of the garage addition either the homeowner or an architect can develop the actual garage addition building plans. In either case, the plans will need to include scaled drawings with dimensions, and cross-sectional construction views with constructional materials specified. The cross-sectional views should include the concrete footings all the way to the peak of the roof. Each new transition from the footings up should be carefully drawn. Examples include the footing/foundation transition, the foundation/sill plate transition, and the wall/roof rafter transition. The plans should also include a comprehensive bill of materials for the project. In addition, all property lines and appropriate setbacks should be clearly shown in the drawings.

Estimating the garage addition costs depends on who is building the addition. If the homeowner plans on acting as his or her own general contractor and performing some of the work (e.g. the framing) then costs will need to be calculated starting with the bill of materials generated during the planning phase. With a comprehensive bill of materials, a homeowner can provide much of the list to any home improvement store where they can fill out the pricing information for the specific items for the project. For specialty items such as garage doors, garage door openers, and in some cases lighting and plumbing fixtures (if required for the garage addition) the homeowner may need to contact specialty stores for pricing. The subcontractors may also be able to provide some unit pricing (e.g. garage doors).

If the homeowner is acting as his or her own general contractor and will require subcontractors, then it is important that they identify early the subcontractors and review with them the plans and development schedule. Each subcontractor should provide a firm fixed estimate for the particular job based on the plans and bill of materials. In addition, their bid should also include start/complete dates for a particular job.

With garage addition plans and costs estimates in place, the homeowner can then proceed with pulling permits and developing a fairly accurate building schedule.

Once permits have been approved, construction of the garage addition can begin. It is important to note, however, that even with the best plans in place things happen and schedules slip. To mitigate schedule slips a homeowner acting as his or her own general contractor should factor in some buffer to the schedule and always be looking ahead several weeks during the entire project. They should regularly check with suppliers to ensure building material will arrive when required and should occasionally check with subcontractors to ensure that their schedules are still in line with your garage addition project.

With these simple planning, budgeting, and scheduling issues addressed prior to the start of the project, building a garage addition can be a positive experience both pre and post-construction phases.

For more information on building a garage addition see the Garage Addition Bid Sheet from HomeAdditionPlus.com. The Garage Addition Bid Sheet includes an extensive questionnaire (Request for Quote) that a homeowner can provide to prospective general contractors and subcontractors for bidding on the garage addition. In addition, the Garage Addition Bid sheet also includes estimated costs and time intervals for constructing a garage addition as well as a list of key home material manufacturers. Finally, the Garage Addition Bid Sheet includes an extensive set of helpful tips and advice on making sure the garage addition is built properly and on time and budget.

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Home Renovation a necessity without vacation precautionhttps://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/04/home-renovation-a-necessity-without-vacation-precaution/ https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/04/home-renovation-a-necessity-without-vacation-precaution/#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 08:09:52 +0000 https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/?p=351Home Renovation a necessity without vacation precaution Going up to the cottage this summer for some R & R? Make sure your home is not the victim of a B&E with these security tips from Homeservice Club: ” Check your home insurance policy before you leave on vacation. Some have a clause that requires that …

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Going up to the cottage this summer for some R & R? Make sure your home is not the victim of a B&E with these security tips from Homeservice Club:
” Check your home insurance policy before you leave on vacation. Some have a clause that requires that the premises be checked every 48 hours in your absence for the policy to be valid.
” Arrange for someone to come in once or twice a day and take in the mail, open curtains in the morning and close them at night, and cut the grass.
” Illuminate dark corners of the yard with motion-sensing floodlights, replace burned-out bulbs on exterior light fixtures, install inexpensive motion-sensing lights near entrances, garage doors, walkways, and porches.
” Place landscape lights, porch lights, a few interior lights, and radio on different timers so it looks – and sounds- like somebody is home.
” Stop newspaper deliveries before you leave.
Most newspapers have vacation stop/start forms on their websites.
” Invite your neighbors to park their cars in your driveway to give the illusion of people coming and going.
” Garages and garden sheds can provide a thief with the necessary tools to break in your home. Keep them locked and ensure ladders are locked up and out of reach.
” Leave an itinerary, a phone number, and a house key with a trusted neighbor so they can contact you if something goes wrong with your house.
” And finally, bolt patio doors and install deadbolts on all exterior doors and interior doors leading to the garage, basement, or solarium. The deadbolt should be at least an inch long and the strike plate should be secured into the door framing stud.

If your home is broken into, you may have to do a major overhaul on your home. Household items can be broken, stolen, and sentimentally irreplaceable. Suffering from this setback, you may have to renovate your current home as a result of breaking and entering. Furthermore, you may have to move to a completely new home to avoid any future incidents.
Follow these tips prior to leaving for your vacation, each tip will prove vital to keeping your home safe for the remainder of your leave. You will rest easy knowing you took precautions from having all your valuables taken away from you.

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Travel Tips: Things To Do The Day You Leavehttps://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/04/travel-tips-things-to-do-the-day-you-leave/ https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/04/travel-tips-things-to-do-the-day-you-leave/#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2020 07:58:29 +0000 https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/?p=349Travel Tips: Things To Do The Day You Leave Sometimes when we are anxious to just get out the door, we forget some very important things that need to be taken care of. In the list below are some items you might want to check on and take care of before you leave. This could …

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Sometimes when we are anxious to just get out the door, we forget some very important things that need to be taken care of. In the list below are some items you might want to check on and take care of before you leave. This could help avoid any unwanted problems when you return home from your well-deserved vacation.

Tip One: Turn your water heater down to the lowest setting.

Tip Two: Turn your air conditioner up in summer. You want to reduce your bills, but you may have to keep the house from getting too hot to protect your pets and electronics.

Tip Three: Turn your heat down or off in spring or fall. Be sure to leave the house warm enough in the winter. You may want to reduce your bills, but you may need to keep the house from getting too cold to protect your pets and water pipes.

Tip Four: Leave shades or drapes as you normally would if you were home.

Tip Five: Plug a cheap radio into a timer so you can have some noise in the house during part of the day.

Tip Six: Lock all doors and windows including the basement & garage.

Tip Seven: Unplug electronic items, such as your computer to protect them if you have a storm while you’re gone. Remember to unhook your phone line from the modem. Unfortunately, you may have to leave it all hooked up if your computer is your only answering machine. Make sure your surge protectors are properly installed.

Tip Eight: Pack the car inside the garage, with the door down, so people driving by won’t find out you’re leaving.

Tip Nine: Disconnect the garage door. Unplug it if you can, don’t pull the fuse for the garage door until you verify the fuse isn’t hooked up to something that needs to stay on, such as, your refrigerator or maybe a freezer in the garage.

These nine tips are a good start to a great vacation. They can put your mind at ease and increase the chances that you will return home without facing some unwanted situations.

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National Security Expert Offers Tips For After-School Safetyhttps://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/02/national-security-expert-offers-tips-for-after-school-safety/ https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/02/national-security-expert-offers-tips-for-after-school-safety/#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:14:09 +0000 https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/?p=340National Security Expert Offers Tips For After-School Safety Smart parents know to do their homework today when it comes to home safety and security during the school year, especially if kids are coming home to an empty house. “With more kids today ‘home alone,’ there really are some golden rules parents should follow to make …

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Smart parents know to do their homework today when it comes to home safety and security during the school year, especially if kids are coming home to an empty house.

“With more kids today ‘home alone,’ there really are some golden rules parents should follow to make the home a safe and secure place,” said Bob Stuber, nationally acclaimed security expert, whose work with kids and safety issues has landed him on countless national TV shows, including “Oprah,” “The View” and ABC’s “Primetime.”

Bob Stuber’s Home Safety

And Security Tips For

After-School Safety

• Motion Lights: Install motion detectors that activate lighting for the garage, patio, walkway, or backyard. At certain times of the year, days are shorter and in some areas, it can be dark when kids get home from school.

• Automatic Timer Lights and/or Remote-Controlled Lighting: Install automatic light timers on lamps inside the home and set them to activate prior to your child’s arrival. For a high-tech twist: Chamberlain’s Remote Light Control can be programmed to work with the garage door opener remote control and can activate a light or appliance, such as a TV or radio, as your child approaches the house.

• Safe Escape: Designate a “safe place” in your home where your child can go in case of bad weather or a home break-in. This can be a closet, bathroom, or any other space that will provide protection away from windows, debris, or the view of people.

• Garage Door Monitor: A common security breach is leaving the garage door open-a a virtual invitation to thieves since many people don’t lock the door between the garage and the home. “Think of a garage door monitor as a baby monitor for the garage,” said Stuber. Chamberlain’s Garage Door Monitor can be placed on a kitchen counter and will display a flashing red light if the garage door is open.

• Calling Parents After School: Teach your child to phone a parent or responsible adult as soon as he or she arrives home.

Garage Door Opener Battery Backup System: Install a garage door opener with a battery backup system, such as the professionally installed LiftMaster EverCharge Battery Backup, or Chamberlain’s Whisper Drive Plus, available at home-improvement stores. Each will provide power to the garage door opener, keypad, and remote controls for up to two days during a power outage.

• Wireless Keypad Entry: Children can drop or lose things, such as keys, at any time. A keypad that operates the garage door opener eliminates the need for your child to carry keys.

• Morning Lock Check: Every morning before your family leaves the house, all the doors and windows should be checked to make sure they are closed and locked. It’s very common for someone to open a door or window and forget to close and lock it. This is one of the first places a criminal check to get into a house.

• In Case of Emergency: Teach your child to call 911 first and the neighbors on both sides and even across the street next. While the police or fire department is on the way, the neighbors can respond in seconds.

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Tips For Easing Energy Billshttps://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/02/tips-for-easing-energy-bills/ https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/2020/12/02/tips-for-easing-energy-bills/#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:11:11 +0000 https://www.supremegaragedoor.com/?p=341Tips For Easing Energy Bills A home’s points of entry can become a fast exit for energy and end up costing a small fortune on utility bills. To avoid being shortchanged by windows, doors, and the garage, home energy experts recommend making a few simple modifications. Seal The Envelope Before Sending the Bill Homeowners should …

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A home’s points of entry can become a fast exit for energy and end up costing a small fortune on utility bills. To avoid being shortchanged by windows, doors, and the garage, home energy experts recommend making a few simple modifications.

Seal The Envelope Before Sending the Bill

Homeowners should seal windows and doors “like an envelope” -or otherwise risk air-conditioning the entire neighborhood. In fact, it’s estimated a full 50 percent of annual utility costs stem from homes’ heating and cooling systems. To check that doors and windows aren’t drafty, look for light under or around the door and condensation around the windowpane, which is an indication of cooling loss. Also, check the attic to make sure it’s properly insulated and not letting air escape.

Quick Tips:

• Install thick, durable weather-stripping under your garage door to reduce this common energy leak. Polyurethane insulation or fiberglass duct wrap are both good options.

• Weather-strip and caulk all cracks between the wall and the window trim. Replace broken glass and putty any loose window- panes to help secure the windows for harsh wind.

• An inexpensive solution to drafty windows is the Shrink & Seal Window Kit, available at Lowe’s stores and lowes.com. It fits standard windows and is installed with a hairdryer that literally shrinks and seals a crystal-clear film over the window.

• Upgrade that old refrigerator to the only ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerator engineered specifically for the garage: Gladiator GarageWorks’ Chillerator, by Whirlpool Corporation. It’s 15 percent more energy efficient than current federal energy standards, saving an average of $487 in energy costs over its lifespan.

“One of the simplest ways to save on utilities is to make wise appliance upgrade decisions,” said Richard Karney, Manager of Energy Star at the Department of Energy (DOE). “Most people cannot imagine the energy drain associated with older appliances.” ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances are part of a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DOE to help consumers save money and the environment.

According to a survey by Whirlpool, 42 percent of Americans have an old refrigerator in the garage. Studies show that a 10- to 15-year-old refrigerator costs an average of $82 more a year in utilities compared to an ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerator purchased today.

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The new generation of garage doors is reasonably priced, safe, and easy to install and they are no longer a convenience for only a select few. You should consider changing your garage door if it is too old or if it has an old motor or pulley system.

The garage doors can be selected by the type of chain System they use: screw-drive system, chain drive system, or computer-controlled system. The screw drive system has a mechanism that moves the length of a steel rod; it is a lifting mechanism that is mounted in your garage ceiling.

The chain drive system is made of a chain that moves the door along a pair of tracks; this is the most common and affordable system but also has the disadvantage of being extremely noisy. The computer drive mechanism doesn’t use any screws or chains; the system’s body is mounted above the door.

The speed and the type of power are other factors used in selecting a new garage door. A faster door means a more expensive one, but this feature reduces the waiting time on your driveway. Even though it opens quickly, a door usually closes pretty slow for safety. The power
of the motor is important in choosing a door because it has to have enough power to raise the door; a large motor is likely to last longer. Also, the quietness of the motor should be another deciding factor.

Enhanced security features can be found in a newer generation door that uses random codes. A new random code is generated each time the remote control is used to open the garage door. This security code prevents you from opening another garage and vice versa. The remote control may be found in several models with a different number of buttons. A multiple buttons remote control is the best choice for someone who has several garages. The fixed controller is mounted on the wall either inside or outside, near the garage door and it allows the garage door to open without a remote controller. The keypad allows to close the door for a specific period of time and
it provides enough time to exit the garage without running.

Safety features are present on every garage door. These features prevent the door from crushing objects or people by reversing the direction if it hits something. This safety feature is triggered by an electronic beam and it is mandated by law. A computer-controlled mechanism can detect or compensate for varying conditions, for example, if the door is coming in contact with an obstruction or is
closing too fast.

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