As evidenced by recent weather, it looks like Fall is upon us. As Winter approaches, there are things you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Here are some tips you can employ to save energy and money this Fall and Winter:
- Check your windows for any drafts around the frames. Then, seal them with a good quality caulk.
- Add insulation to your attic. Although this can be a big project, it can make a huge difference in heat loss in the winter, or heat gain in summer.
- Consider buying insulated window coverings such as Honeycomb Shades. Check out Blinds.com for great pricing!
- Open the window coverings on south and west facing windows on sunny days. This will allow the sun to naturally heat those areas.
- Set your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees while you sleep to save up to 10% your utility bill.
- Have your heater cleaned and change the filter at least every 2 months.
Doing some or all of these can add up to a warmer home and some nice savings on your energy bill!
Restringing a vertical blind is necessary when the string becomes frayed or broken. The string that runs through a vertical blind headrail needs to be in good condition for it to flow through the many guides and pulleys which exist inside. Fix My Blinds has several helps when it comes to this type of repair. Here are a couple video’s:
We also have several diagrams which show different examples of how string is routed through a headrail. Those diagrams can be found in this another blog post here.
Changing the pull strings in a cord tilt mechanism can be necessary if the string breaks, or, if you desire a new color string. Here’s a couple video’s on how to change the string in a cord tilt mechanism. These techniques can also be used for de-tangling the string in the tilter as well:
There are several reasons why to take some time to choose the right contractor. Here’s a clip from a popular DIY Network show that deals with people who have been victims of shoddy work done on their home:
As you see, an experience like this can be devastating emotionally and financially.
With that in mind, here’s several homework items to consider when hiring a contractor for your next project:
- Get a referral from a friend.
- Check on the contractor’s licenses, if applicable.
- Get all estimates, warranties and guarantees IN WRITING.
- Check out their rating with the local Better Business Bureau.
- Ask for references from previous completed jobs.
- How long have they been in business?
- If they ask for cash, find someone else.
- Never hire a out of town contractor if at all possible.
- Check to make sure they are insured and bonded properly.
Performing all, or at least most of these, will insure that you will be hiring a reputable contractor.