2016年02月28日

Start the New Year with Energy Savings-Easy Home Tips

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These ideas have been around for awhile now but it is surprising how many of us don’t practice them. All have been proven to save real dollars. True, this type of savings is measured in hundreds and not thousands. Considering these are free or very low cost tips, no one can scoff at a few hundred dollars these days.  If we all did them, these small changes would go a long way towards healing our planet.

  • Here in North America it’s winter. Those home heating systems are running full throttle.  This is the time to be checking to see if the filters need changing.  Dirty filters slow air flow and decrease a heaters’ efficient operation, resulting in more energy consumption to produce less heat. Gas and oil heaters require bi-annual filter changes. During the cold months, electric furnaces require monthly filter changes.  For heat pumps, monthly checks should be conducted to see if new filters are needed.
  • Open windows and doors when air temperature is mild. Increasing natural air flow throughout your house is not only using less energy, but is creating a healthier household. Flu bugs don’t hang out for long when air freely flows throughout the house. Radon gases and those from granite countertops  also do not collect in your home.
  • In the summertime, raise the air conditioner thermostat five degrees. This is projected to save nearly 20 percent in cooling costs. When you go to bed, lower the heat or raise the air conditioning temperature (depending upon the season). This single act saves nearly 13 percent annually on energy costs.
  • Run your dishwasher and clothes dryers with full loads. They actually function properly when fully loaded and cut overall costs to run them. On the same note, make sure the dryer vent to the outside of your house is periodically cleaned as lint will back up. Clean the lint trap on your dryer out every time you use it.
  • Close your fire place damper when it is not in use. Some even suggest sealing it up during the warm months to stop the flow of air from the chimney.  Similarly, turn off ceiling fans when you aren’t in the room. Their value is to make you feel cooler than you really are, and if you aren’t there to cool, they are just using energy.
  • Turn your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Farenheit  and your refrigerator to between  37 to 40 degrees Farenheit. You probably won’t notice either of these two adjustments but together they add up to real savings.
  • Insulate everywhere in your home that is practicable. Choose insulation based on R value not thickness. R38 is recommended for home insulation. Wrapping hot water pipes and your hot water heater in appropriate insulation is also suggested.

These are just a few ways to cut energy costs for the New Year without feeling like you are being deprived and mother earth will thank us all for it.

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2016年02月27日

How is tinting done?

There are three major ways to achieve tinted windows:

OEM tinted glass is tinted within the glass, as part of the actual glassmaking process. It lasts the life of the glass. OEM tinted glass usually has only a mild tint that is legal even in the most stringent areas. Keep in mind that OEM tinted glass may be more expensive to replace in a collision.

Film tinting is by far the most popular aftermarket method. A thin tinted polymer film is applied very carefully to specially prepared window glass. The film is available in many different shades of tint and outward appearances, such as flat, reflective, metallic, or even mirrored. Advantages of film tinting are that it’s very inexpensive, and installers claim that it also might help prevent glass from shattering in crashes. Disadvantages are that the film tinting will only typically last five years before cracking, peeling, and bubbling of the plastic film occurs, and also sometimes yellowing or degradation of the tinting itself. Removal of old window film is more difficult than the installation itself.

If you have a shop do the work, make sure they’re approved through an industry group such as the International Window Film Association (IWFA). Also, check that they always use the same brand of film (3M and Johnson are two of the major brands), and that they fully support the manufacturer’s warranty.

You might be tempted by tinted window films − the type available at discount auto parts stores and department stores − claiming easy “stick-on” installation and only requiring scissors or a razor blade for installation. Beware that these solutions sometimes end up with bubbles or wrinkles and rarely end up looking professional, and again, removal is usually more difficult than installation.

Coating tinting applies a special tinted solution to the existing glass, usually as a spray. This type of tint lasts much longer than film tinting, though there are few shops who do it for automotive glass because if properly done it requires removal of the window glass.
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2016年02月26日

9" Green Pastic Quick Foot Squeegee for Window Film Tinting

9" Green Pastic Quick Foot Squeegee for Window Film Tinting

The Quick Foot Squeegee is an essential car window film application tool achieving bubble free. With tapered edge, the Quick Foot Squeegee makes your hard to reach installs easier. Unlike rigid plastic applicators this flexible tool can be used to work on the hard to reach places of your wrap or tint install. Tough and durable so they can be used again and again.

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