Last updated 5 years ago
Even though your property may look good, it could be hemorrhaging hundreds of dollars’ worth of energy a year. In order to put a cap on your energy costs, you should consider installing sophisticated windows and insulation. Before buying new windows or insulation, we recommend you do some research and provided some resources below for you to read.
How can you reduce your home energy use? Find out at this page from the Environmental Protection Agency.
There are several ways in which heat can escape your home. Discover a few of them with this graphic from The Washington Post.
What are some of the benefits of Energy Star-qualified windows and doors? This page from EnergyStar.gov has the answer.
Home air leaks could be costing you hundreds of dollars every year. Learn how to identify these leaks at this page from the U.S. Department of Energy.
How should you maintain your window’s weep hole? You’ll find the answer at this page from HGTV.com.
For more information about windows, insulation, and energy efficiency, please call Progressive Insulation & Windows at (818) 709-0988.
Last updated 5 years ago
What is the best type of insulation to use? This million dollar question is a very valid one with a simple answer: Properly installed insulation. There are many different types of insulation products available in the market place today. Blown-in or loose fill insulation; cellulose or fiberglass insulation; batt or foam insulation; denim or rigid board. Any of these choices will work in most scenarios as long as they are properly installed.
Properly installed insulation means no gaps, no voids and no compression. This type of install can only be achieved by a professional. Just 3-5% in total gaps can lower product efficiency by 50%, so that R-30 attic insulation would function more like R-15.
Make sure the contractor you hire is a licensed insulation company with the Contractor’s State License Board (www.cslb.ca.gov), and that they use their own trained installers. You should also verify how long they have been in business, that they are properly insured and if there have been any complaints reported against them.
I also recommend that you check their credentials. See what types of organizations they belong to and what energy efficient rebate programs they are participating contractors in. This will greatly help you determine whether they are a company qualified to take care of your needs.
Insulation is an unseen, unheard and unnoticed ally in the fight for energy independence. Don’t allow improperly installed insulation to gobble up your comfort and your wallet. Do your research. Ask the right questions. Find a company that stands behind the quality of the install as well as the product.
Last updated 5 years ago
Although routinely cleaning your windows is important, it’s not the only element of proper maintenance. In order to lengthen the lives of your window frames, you’ll have to dig a little deeper than that.
This short video from Milgard Windows demonstrates how to clean and maintain sliding windows. First, you will remove the sash and clean the debris out of the tracks. Then, you can hammer the track back into place and reinstall the sash. Finally, you should clean the weep hole from the outside with a pipe cleaner.
For more information on proper window maintenance, contact Progressive Insulation & Windows. Since 1978, we’ve offered homes and businesses throughout Woodland Hills and Thousand Oaks with stellar insulation and window services. Call us today at (818) 709-0988 if you have any questions.
Last updated 5 years ago
During the warm months, you rely on your cooling system to keep your home at a reasonable temperature. However, your home may have several leaks through which cool air can escape, forcing your central air system to work overtime. Luckily, there are several ways you can keep your home airtight and energy-efficient. Here are a few of the most common cool air escape routes and how insulation can help:
Believe it or not, there are several ways in which cool air can travel straight through your walls. For instance, cool air can blow through the edges of your electrical outlets and escape to the outdoors. The best way to prevent air from escaping through your walls is to install sophisticated insulation all around your home.
Windows—which are, after all, basically large holes in your house—sometimes allow cool air to past through cracks and gaps. If you feel a draft near one of your windows, you should consider installing a tightly-sealed replacement window. Also, a new double-pane window can provide better insulation that helps maintain your indoor climate.
Like windows, doors are essentially large holes that make attractive escape routes for cool air. However, since doors open more frequently, they’re more likely to develop leaks around the edges. In order to keep your cool air inside where it belongs, you should find a door with a tight, long-lasting seal.
Though your attic may store many of your belongings, you probably don’t spend much time up there. Therefore, keeping it air-conditioned is a waste of energy and money. In order to prevent cool air from escaping into your attic and through your roof, you should have a professional install between 10 and 14 inches of insulation.
If you suspect that your home has several air leaks, contact Progressive Insulation & Windows. One of our experts will gladly perform an energy audit and offer you several suggestions on how to make it more energy-efficient. Call us today at (818) 709-0988 to speak with one of our friendly representatives.
Last updated 6 years ago
Performing improvement projects is a big part of owning property. While some projects are fun and easy to do, such as installing a flagstone walkway, others are challenging and dangerous. Replacement window installation projects, when done by an amateur, can go wrong. Therefore, it’s important that you look to a skilled, certified, and trained professional for your key home improvements. Here are just a few reasons why you should turn to the professionals at Progressive Insulation & Windows for your next window replacement:
Insured and Licensed Workers
At Progressive, we believe that training and certifications matter. Our employees receive the proper installation training and certification, and are qualified to install your replacement windows.
Dedication to Quality
At Progressive Insulation & Windows, we’ll work hard to satisfy your needs. Instead of relying on pre-fabricated windows forced to fit, we’ll customize your replacement windows in order to achieve the perfect look. Whether you’re looking for an enormous picture window or a modest casement window, we’re the right team for the job.
Passion for Efficiency
It’s not enough to simply install a window; it has to become an organic part of your home. That’s why our replacement windows are tightly-sealed and well-insulated. If you decided to replace every window in your home with a Progressive window, you would see significant energy savings for years to come.
Our One-Call Warranty
Once the project is finished, some window installation companies will leave you with just the manufacturer’s warranty in case anything goes wrong. At Progressive, we offer a special One-Call Warranty so our clients don’t have to endure the corporate run-around. If there’s a problem with your window, just give us a call and we’ll promptly sort it out.
If you have any questions about replacement windows, don’t hesitate to contact Progressive Insulation & Windows. We’ve worked closely with homes and businesses throughout Thousand Oaks and Woodland Hills for more than 30 years. Call us today at (818) 709-0988 to learn more about our replacement windows.