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Why Should I Open My Windows?

open windowsWith winter slowly winding down we have spring and summer weather surely right around the corner. That means warmer temperatures and for most people a more proactive approach to cleaning inside and out. This is the time of the year when you should start opening your windows and doors in order to get some good airflow through the house. If you have troubles simply opening windows then that is a whole another conversation where replacement windows may be necessary. You should have no problem easily opening your windows nowadays so don’t settle for less. As well, if you can’t even open your windows there is a good chance they are unsightly and may be letting drafts into the house when they are closed.

Whether your current windows work great or you do get new windows, here are some of the main benefits for letting fresh air flow through your house:

Fresh Air:  This is extremely obvious but it does need to be stated. There is nothing like breathing in nice fresh spring air. Your house has been closed up since the previous fall so swing open your doors and windows for some fresh air in the house.

Sunlight: If your windows and doors are closed it’s more difficult to enjoy the sunlight. Sunshine has a wide range of health benefits such as increasing vitamin D production and reducing the symptoms of depression.

Cut down on your A/C: So many people rush to locking up there house and cranking their A/C bills. You may need your A/C during the hot days of summer but during spring, try turning it off and saving some money on your energy bills.

Letting out Humidity: Kitchens, bathrooms and us humans produce humidity. By opening your windows and doors during the spring time it will make it feel so much better inside.

Feel Better/Enjoy your view: From clearing out the stuffiness in your home and the dry, A/C air to truly being able to enjoy the surrounding of your home you will overall feel much better. It kind of gives you a sense of the world outside of your house even when you’re inside!

So, once it really starts to feel more like spring take a chance and open up your house to mother nature and some beautiful fresh air. You’ll feel much better and so will your family.

For further information on any of our replacement window or repair window services please feel free to reach out. United Better Homes can be contacted over the phone at 401-274-0111 or through our online contact form.

 

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Common Replacement Window Mistakes

United Better Homes is a leading replacement window contractor in Rhode Island & Massachusetts. With high quality windows and a contractor that is experienced and knows what they are doing, you’ll get the results that you’re looking for. Unfortunately, not every window installation contractor in the area follows the right steps. They are either inexperienced or try to cut corners with the hope that no one will notice and they will save a little extra cash. When you start looking for a window contractor you need to be aware that some companies aren’t as reliable. Listed below are some of the popular fundamental errors that can lead to water leaks, air drafts, structural failures and more:

Wrong Window Style: When getting new windows there are a lot of factors to consider. It’s important that you get a window conducive to your home, and surroundings. If you need more ventilation, choose windows that work well for that. A knowledgeable contractor will take any and all questions you have and will provide you with windows that you want.

Poor Caulking – Cleaning: Caulk is a fundamental aspect to installing all windows. It is the stuff which seals everything together and helps maintain that water and air resistance. The material itself must be very stick to work. If installers use caulk and apply it to dirty, unclean surfaces this could compromise the bond.

Poor Caulking – Tool Use:  As well, when adding caulk, you need to be using the correct too to create this tight bond. With the right products you’ll see a pleasing concave result. Without the proper tools, the surface will most likely look bumpy and uneven.

Trim Seal: Most window systems consist of the windows and a serious of trim pieces. If these pieces are exposed to the outdoors then they need to be sealed correctly to the window. You can tell that your windows have been properly sealed if you can see caulk squeezing out of where the window and trim meet.

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