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How To Make French Patio Doors Safe For Kids

Posted by on Sep 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make French Patio Doors Safe For Kids

French patio doors, which are hinged patio doors that typically feature large glass panels, have a reputation of being unsafe for homes with children. Parents worry that their children may fall through the glass, throw a toy through the glass, or become injured when they lean on the door and it swings outward. These are all legitimate concerns, but there are ways to avoid these risks without having to give up the doors of your dreams. If you’re considering French patio doors for your home, follow these tips to choose the safest ones and install them in the safest manner possible. Choose doors with shatterproof glass. Some French doors are made with glass that is similar to the glass in your car’s windshield. Marketed as shatterproof glass or laminated glass, it consists of two layers. Down the middle of the two layers of glass, there is a sticky material. If the glass does break, instead of pieces flying everywhere, they will stick to this sticky material. If your child runs into shatterproof glass or throws a toy at it, you might have to deal with a broken door and a few scrapes — but you won’t have to deal with extensive glass wounds. Look for a door style that does not have glass at the very bottom. To make your door even safer, choose a style in which the glass panels don’t come all of the way down to the floor. This will further reduce the risk of injury if your child bumps into the door. By the time he or she is tall enough to reach glass that starts two or three feet up the door, your child will have more control of his or her body and will be less likely to crash into the door. Mount your doors so that they swing into the home. It’s often most convenient to have your patio doors swing out, so you don’t have to leave space clear in your home for them to swing in. However, when you have kids, sometimes you have to sacrifice convenience for safety. Mount your doors so that they swing into the room. That way, if a door is accidentally left unlatched, your child won’t go tumbling to the ground if he or she leans on it. Also, make sure you don’t leave your child alone on the patio, since he or she could go flying inwards if the door is left unlatched. It’s typically easier to avoid leaving a child alone on the patio than in the room where the doors open. Use curtains or blinds to cover the doors when you’re not home or in the room. Some homeowners are concerned a thief may look into the large windows of their French doors, see what is inside, and take this an an opportunity to break in. While nobody wants a break-in, they’re even more worrisome when you have kids. If your yard and patio as positioned in such a way as to allow passersby to see into your home, mount some curtains or blinds on your patio doors. When you’re leaving the house or even just leaving the room, you can close them to ensure nobody takes advantage and looks into your home. Make sure the hinges are covered. Getting fingers caught...

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4 Construction Fencing Problems & Solutions For Downtown Areas

Posted by on Aug 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Construction Fencing Problems & Solutions For Downtown Areas

If you are the project manager of a downtown construction site, there are a lot of things you’ll need to consider regarding public safety. In many locations, construction fencing is required to section off the dangerous areas of a construction site. However, in downtown areas, this usually involves encroachment into areas that the public uses. Here are a few things to consider. Will the local businesses be affected? Problem – The construction site encompasses areas that are used by local businesses, which means they may lose business since the construction fencing will also cordon off their main entrances. Most businesses cannot afford closing their doors during the time you and your crew will complete the construction project. Solutions – Be sure to take the main entrances of the businesses that will remain open into consideration when you install the construction fencing. This likely will mean that you’ll need more fencing than you had originally planned. You’ll need to provide access to each doorway for the employees and customers. If it’s too dangerous to allow entrance to the businesses, such as if your project involves tuckpointing a brick façade, you may want to consider scheduling your project during the weekends, early mornings, and late nights so you don’t interfere with the local businesses your community relies on. Will the construction fencing interfere with parking spaces and sidewalks? Problem – If the construction fencing has to be placed where there are parking spaces and sidewalks, it’s important to speak with the municipal authority to develop a plan to compensate for the lost areas the public needs. Solutions – Most municipalities require temporary sidewalks be cordoned off and protected from the construction site. Depending on the construction site, this may include installing overhead barriers on top of the construction fencing to protect pedestrians in the sidewalk from falling debris. If the sidewalk is temporarily moved to the side of the street, you’ll need to provide an additional barrier to prevent vehicles from driving on the temporary sidewalk. The strength of this barrier will largely depend on the amount of traffic that is typical for the affected street, as well as the municipality’s regulations regarding public safety in construction zones. Will any city and/or school bus stops be affected? Problem – The construction fencing may be in the way of normal public transportation for city buses and school buses. The public and children who use these buses may get confused as to where to wait for their buses. Solutions – Municipalities and school districts typically handle the rerouting of buses and the establishment of other bus stops. However, to prevent confusion, signs may need to be placed directly on your construction fencing to direct people to the alternative bus stop. If there are no other possible alternatives for the affected bus stop, then perhaps you can consider relocating some of your construction vehicles and equipment if that will help reduce the amount of space that is taken up behind the construction fencing. Will the fencing block the field of vision of drivers? Problem – Fencing that is placed directly alongside the corner of the street may block drivers from being able to see traffic approaching the intersection, which may lead to vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, this could cause your construction company to be sued...

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5 Preventative Maintenance Tips For Your Commercial Roof

Posted by on Jul 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Preventative Maintenance Tips For Your Commercial Roof

As a commercial enterprise, you know how imperative it is to maintain the appearance of a good business – an appearance that matches the actual quality of your business. As such, you want your building to look in as good of a shape as it possibly can be in. There are plenty of things that people immediately think to invest in: a beautiful store front, an interior that matches your company’s MO and a great quality commercial roof. Maintaining a commercial roof, however, can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. In order to ameliorate the difficulty in maintaining a commercial roof for you, here are 5 preventative maintenance tips you can take to improve the quality of your commercial roof. Remove Debris Access to a commercial roof is, thankfully, much easier than roofs that are considered private property. There is usually easy walk up access. This is usually in place so you can thoroughly remove any debris that has made its home on your roof. Leaves, twigs and dirt can make your rooftop their home. Let these inanimate objects know that you’re a tough customer and you don’t want them there. Debris can cause serious damage to your gutters and drainage system as well potentially becoming damaging to the roof itself. This is especially the case during winter months when debris can freeze to the roof or add weight to snow, of which your roof is already bearing the load. Shut Doors Tightly People often tend to forget that along with maintenance comes security. Although the walk up stairs and doors combo is a definite convenience to you for your roof, it’s also a convenience to potential robbers. People who can make their way to the top of your roof – and thieves can be quite acrobatic – can access the inside of your building through these walk up doors. Remember to always make sure the door is always shut tightly and locked. If your roof is quite large and you have multiple access points, make sure that each door is shut tightly and locked. For extra security, consider installing a security system with security grade locks on each of said doors. Look For Holes Holes in the roof can spell trouble. Roof holes can be especially damaging for one of several reasons. First and foremost, they are the first sign that your commercial roof is suffering from serious wear and tear. If your roof is older, this is a sign that it needs an inspection. During the inspection you might find that you need either a sealant replacement, which is not a serious issue, and should be performed on your roof every few years, or you might find many holes that means the entirety of the roof needs a thorough repair or replacement. Secondly, if your roof has holes, this can be a serious breach of security. Through holes, potential burglars can make their way into the interior of your building and bypass those security locks for which you paid dearly! Watch For Vegetation Vegetation can be another serious issue if you’re not particularly cognizant of it. Vegetation is usually a sign that your roof has not been adequately cleaned in some time and has created conditions where flora can flourish. Unfortunately, these are not usually particularly...

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How to Build a Stylish Pallet Fence for Your Yard

Posted by on Jul 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Build a Stylish Pallet Fence for Your Yard

Are you looking for inexpensive and eco-friendly ways to fence in your yard? Building a pallet fence is an excellent solution. You’ll be recycling old pallets, which you can often get for free from shipping companies and warehouses, and the result will keep your yard secure and stylish. Making a Pallet Fence Start by determining how many pallets you’ll need. Measure the length and width of the area you wish to enclose (in inches), and then divide each number by 40 inches to determine how many pallets you’ll need for each side. Standard pallets in the United States are 40 inches by 48 inches. You’ll need to round the measurements down to the nearest 40 inches, which may mean that your fence ends up slightly inside of your property line, depending on the exact size of your yard. Once you know how many pallets you need, start asking around at hardware stores, nurseries, and warehouses in your area to see if they have any spare pallets. The type of pallet that is reversible and has wooden panels on both sides is the ideal choice. However, single-side pallets can also be used; they just result in a less finished-looking fence. Make sure the pallets you obtain are in good shape. They should not have any large missing pieces or show any signs of rot. You can sand out a few rough spots and nicks, but too many rough spots will mean you spend months sanding before you even get to start building the fence. Once you’ve accumulated the panels, give them a good spray down with the hose to ensure they’re clean. Give them a few hours to dry, and then apply a generous coat of primer. Next, apply a coat of latex paint. Make sure you use a latex paint that’s made for outdoor use so that it stands up to wear and tear. Let the pallets dry, and then give them a second coat of paint. You may need to use a sponge brush to reach into any cracks and crevices. After the pallets are completely dry, it’s time to start making the fence. Start in one corner of your measured-off area. Have your friend hold the first pallet up. The shorter (40-inch) side should be on the ground, resulting in a fence panel that is 48 inches tall. Have a second helper hold a second pallet up directly against this first one. The frames must be lined up perfectly. Using an electric drill, insert four deck screws into the frame of the second pallet, and extending into the frame of the second pallet. When you’re finished inserting these screws, have a helper hold up a third panel next to this second one, and attach it in the same manner. Keep going, all of the way around the yard, until you’ve fenced in the entire yard. There are two ways to create a gate in your fence. Simply leave a space between two panels, or mount a pair of hinges to two pallets and create a swinging gate. You’ll want to install a gate latch on the swinging pallet and the neighboring one so you have a way to keep the gate shut. Hinges and latches can generally be attached with just a few screws. The Advantages and...

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Fiscally (And Physically) Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

Posted by on Jun 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fiscally (And Physically) Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

If you live on the peak of a hill, or are located far from any bodies of water, you may not spend much time worrying about your home flooding. However, any home can suffer water damage — from a burst pipe to a tree branch through a window, to the aftermath of a house fire, water may enter your home in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, several types of water damage aren’t covered by the typical homeowner’s insurance policy. You may need to be proactive in ensuring you’re fully protected against water damage. Read on to learn more about what types of water damage are covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, as well as what you can do if your home does suffer water damage. How can you ensure you’re adequately insured against water damage? There are a variety of problems that can lead to water damage in your home. Although your homeowner’s insurance should cover some of these events, others will be excluded unless you’ve specifically added them to your policy through a “rider.”  Damage that should be covered by your homeowner’s policy The general rule is that if the water hits (or enters) your home before it touches the outside ground, the damage is covered by your homeowner’s insurance. This can include water entering as a result of roof damage, a broken window, a burst or leaking pipe, or a broken sump pump.  Your homeowner’s insurance should also cover any expenses related to water remediation. For example, if a tree branch goes through your roof, allowing water to enter your home, and you and your family must vacate the home while your roof is being repaired, your insurance will cover the construction and labor costs as well as any hotel bills or other lodging expenses you paid out of pocket. Damage that is usually excluded from a homeowner’s policy Any damage due to flooding must be covered under a separate flood insurance policy. This includes not only the damage from water entering the home as flood waters rise, but sewer backups or burst pipes directly caused by flooding.  If you suffer interior home damage from a burst pipe or overflowing toilet during a rainy time of year, your insurance company may send inspectors to your home to determine whether the damage was flood-related (and therefore excluded from traditional policy coverage).  What should you do if water enters your home?  Whether you’ve suffered flood damage or a frozen pipe, there are a few things you can do before the cleanup crews arrive that may help you preserve your belongings and limit the damage to your home. If you’re unable to stop the flow of water into your home, move any soft-surfaced items (like upholstered furniture, clothing, and bedding), along with any electronics, to a safe location, like an upstairs or interior room. Because many insurance policies will only give you the depreciated value (rather than the replacement cost) for certain items, avoiding damage to costly electronics or furniture can save you a lot of hassle later. You’ll also want to immediately contact an experienced water damage cleanup company. The longer this water remains in your home, the more damage it may potentially cause. By first pumping out any standing water and stopping further water from entering your house,...

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Don’t Let Pressure Cripple Your Water Heater: What You Should Know About Expansion Tanks

Posted by on Jun 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Let Pressure Cripple Your Water Heater: What You Should Know About Expansion Tanks

When the water in your plumbing system is heated, that heat causes it to expand. In hot water systems that use storage tanks, the expansion can cause added pressure in the system. With nowhere to go, the pressure buildup may ultimately damage the hot water lines and tank. One of the best ways for you to protect your home’s water heater system is to add an expansion tank. This will serve as an overflow for the water as it is heated. Here are some tips to help you with adding an expansion tank to any water heater system. Adding an Expansion Tank to New Hot Water Systems Adding the expansion tank to a new installation is typically the easiest option, because you can plan out the hot water system to fit the tank. Invest in galvanized pipe to connect the expansion tank, because it is versatile and cost-effective. Installing the Tank Locate the small nipple that sits on the top of the water tank you’re getting ready to install. It is a pipe piece that sticks out of the top of the tank. There will be two – a long one and a short one. Start with the short one. Coat the top of the nipple with plumber’s tape and pipe joint compound, then secure a galvanized pipe tee on it. If you’re not familiar with what a pipe tee is, they are the small pipe pieces that are shaped like the letter “T.” Tighten the pipe tee and make sure that the open ends of the pipe are facing the direction where you’re going to run the plumbing line. Use a pair of pliers on the tank fitting and a pair on the tee for leverage if you need it to turn the pipe. Follow the same steps to connect an elbow pipe on the longer nipple that sticks out from the top of the water tank. Prepare the threads on the expansion tank’s pipe with plumber’s tape and joint compound. Then, screw the pipe elbow to the threads on the expansion tank’s pipe. Then, connect the expansion tank to the “T” and connect your water lines. Adding an Expansion Tank to an Existing System When installing an expansion tank in a new system, you can map out the placement to fit everything. You don’t have that freedom with an existing system – instead, you have to fit the expansion tank where you can find room. Check both the hot and cold sides of the water tank to see where the expansion tank will fit. You need enough space for the pipes to run directly to the expansion tank, so measure carefully to account for the pipes as well as the dimensions of the tank. Tips for Existing System Installations Remove the flex line before installing the galvanized “T” on an existing water tank. You’ll probably have to replace that flex line with a longer one to fit between the expansion tank and the nipple on the tank. Make sure that your connections are tight so that you don’t risk any leaks. If you’re not comfortable with integrating the tank into your existing water heater system, consider having it professionally installed. Expansion tanks are a common sight in most new construction now, but older homes don’t typically have...

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Can You 3D Print Your New Home?

Posted by on May 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can You 3D Print Your New Home?

The last few years have marked a dramatic explosion in the types of items that can be created by a 3D printer — from prosthetic limbs (or even assistive devices for disabled pets) to food and everything in between. But the technological advance that perhaps offers the most benefit to society is the ability to 3D print entire homes. These homes can be constructed from wood, mud, clay, concrete, or even paper, and can be fully assembled at a low cost within only a few days. Read on to learn more about the advantages of 3D printing your next home, as well as what you can do to add 3D printed elements to your new home even before this technology becomes more widely available. How are 3D printed homes created? Each 3D printer operates on the same principle — a liquid or semiliquid material is passed through an opening that layers this material upon itself according to a computerized design. In the home construction context, clay or cement is generally mixed to create a semisolid base that still flows. Instead of being poured and manually spread by workers to create a concrete foundation, this cement is funneled into a giant 3D printer that spreads thin layers according to the home’s computerized blueprints. Because these layers are thin, they dry relatively quickly, and the printer can continue to layer cement upon the pattern until the foundation is completed. Some 3D printed homes are created entirely from the same clay or cement used to construct the foundation, while others may be made from a composite mixture of wood pulp and plastic polymers (similar to composite decking or fencing material). The home is then plumbed, drywalled, floored, and furnished. One U.S. scientist is working on a process called “contour crafting,” which will help craft things like cabinets, bookshelves, and even electrical wiring by using multiple types of 3D printers running at once. What are some advantages of 3D printed homes? The three primary advantages of 3D printed homes are durability, efficiency, and cost. Concrete 3D crafted homes in particular are quite durable, and the layering process can provide additional strength over pouring or molding cement. Because the 3D printer requires relatively little manpower to run, this process also allows multiple homes to be created in quick succession. Workers are freed from the construction itself and have more time to spend on wiring, plumbing, and drywalling the home or providing other finishing touches. This reduction in manpower and use of relatively cheap materials (like cement, clay, or polymer wood pulp) can allow these homes to be constructed at a fraction of the cost of stick-built or modular homes. One Chinese company claims to have built 10 new homes in a single day at a cost of only $5,000 each. This could revolutionize the construction industry and help eliminate much of the nation’s homelessness problem. What can you do to add 3D printed elements to your new home before this technology is widely available? If you’re planning construction of a new home within the next few months or years, it’s unlikely 3D printing your entire home will be an option. However, there are still a few 3D printed elements you can add to a newly constructed home to help achieve the durability and cost...

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Keep Your Wall Convector Running By Performing These Simple Maintenance Tasks

Posted by on Apr 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What a wall convector is and how it works A wall convector is a residential or commercial heating device that functions similar to a radiator. It is either mounted adjacent to a wall, or in the case of older properties, is often mounted in the wall itself to save space and preserve the aesthetics of a room. Some convectors can also function as cooling devices, though most units are strictly designed for heating. Convectors typically utilize hot water pumped from a central boiler unit as the heat source. An incoming supply line feeds hot water into the convector, where it is distributed throughout copper or iron lines with attached thin metal fins. Relatively cooler air enters the convector from the bottom, passes between the heated fins and is warmed before re-entering the room. In the case of a cooling convector, chilled water is passed through the system, and a fan draws warm room air into the unit where it is subsequently cooled. Not all heating convectors use fans; some rely strictly on the natural rising of warm air versus the settling of cold air to function. However, fans can introduce greater efficiency and permit the convector to more adequately heat a space. How you can maintain your wall convector Wall convectors are fairly simple devices, but they are not maintenance-free. Below are a few specific maintenance tasks you should perform to keep your convector operating at maximum efficiency:             Bleed air from the water lines With boiler-fed heating systems, air in the water line is undesirable. It can decrease heating efficiency as well as be a source of noises such as gurgling, banging, or bubbling. Wall convectors have an air bleeder valve that permits trapped air to escape from the convector. This valve should be opened once per heating season or as often as needed to remove air. When you find the valve, turn it slowly counterclockwise with a screwdriver in order to open it. Be careful that you don’t burn yourself with hot water, and keep your face away from the end of the valve to avoid eye injury. Keep the valve slightly open until water begins to flow; at that point, immediately close the valve by turning the screwdriver clockwise. Clean the unit Another necessary task that will keep your wall convector working at its best is to perform annual cleanings. Wall convectors, by design, are exposed to drawn-in air which also carries debris. This debris, which includes pet hair, lint, dirt and dust, tends to collect inside the unit. All of this debris will ultimately clogs fins and choke fans. The fans inside wall convectors are usually known as squirrel-cage fans due to their cylindrical design. They are efficient at moving air, but they contain vanes that line the inner circumference of the fan housing. These vanes are perfect traps for foreign matter, and as it continues to accumulate, the debris will also cause the fan’s ability to move to decrease. Fans should be vacuumed with a wet/dry vacuum and any stubborn matter can be scrubbed free with a damp cloth. Likewise, the thin, delicate fins inside wall connectors are eager collectors of debris. If too much debris coats the fins, they are effectively insulated from passing heat into the convector’s airflow. The fins should also be...

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Asphalt Bird Baths: What Are They And Should You Fix Them Yourself?

Posted by on Apr 8th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Traditional bird baths make attractive and eye-catching accessories on your property. But when bird baths or asphalt depressions develop in your driveway and collect muddy water, the visual effects can be less than stellar. Asphalt depressions aren’t the same potholes, which are large holes that form deep within the ground below asphalt pavement. Asphalt depressions affect the surface layers of the asphalt but have the potential to become potholes without the proper repairs or maintenance. Because asphalt bird baths require a detailed inspection and extensive repairs to fix, it’s a good idea to have an asphalt technician fix them instead of doing it yourself. Here’s why. How Do Asphalt Bird Baths Develop? Asphalt bird baths start off as small cracks in the pavement of your driveway. The cracks form from things that corrode or break down asphalt, such as: Repairing your car or truck in the driveway — Oil, transmission and other corrosive automotive fluids can damage the asphalt. Parking a large truck or car in your driveway — The weight compresses or wears down the asphalt over time. Washing your car in the driveway with harsh automotive cleansers and soap — The chemicals in car soaps and cleansers may fade the outer surfaces of your driveway, which leaves it vulnerable to the sun’s drying heat. Forgetting to coat your driveway with a UV-protectant sealer every summer — During the summer, the sun dries out the top layer of asphalt. UV-protectant sealers block the harmful rays and prolongs the life of the driveway’s surface. Once water comes into contact with the cracked asphalt, the cracks turn into small depressions. Unless you do routine asphalt maintenance on your driveway, the depressions go unnoticed. Eventually, the depressions become large enough to fill up with water. They become bird baths. How Do Asphalt Bird Baths Affect Your Driveway? Although you can patch the depressions with cold patches or some other material, it won’t address the problems that developed because of the bird baths. The bird baths may have already leaked water into the the soil, which may require a partial or complete replacement to strengthen, protect and secure the pavement.  Although other things caused the cracks in your driveway in the first place, water can make them worse. Water causes the asphalt to crack and lift up in different places. If rain or melted snow penetrated the driveway’s pavement and soaked into the soil, there might be water still beneath it. When water soaks into the ground, the soil sinks or collapses in places to make the driveway look or feel uneven. A technician will most likely check to see if this is a problem. If so, the ground beneath the driveway will need reinforcements or leveling, such as new wire mesh, to even it out. The technician will also discuss other methods he or she can use to solidify the driveway’s foundation. These methods may include placing a drainage system around the driveway. The system catches water as it rolls off the pavement during the rain and snow seasons, and then transports it to a location away from the driveway. The system essentially keeps water from settling around the driveway and into the soil beneath it. How Can You Keep Your Driveway Safe After It’s Fixed? After the asphalt contractor repairs your driveway...

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Prevent Window Condensation With These Moisture-Reducing Tips

Posted by on Mar 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ever take a look at your windows on a particularly hot or cold day and found them covered in a light fog or water drops? Under the right conditions, condensation can form on your home’s windows, making cleaning a nuisance while promoting dangerous mold growth and decay. The following explains why window condensation happens, what you can do about it right away and how you can prevent it from occurring in the future. Problems That Could Cause Window Condensation Moisture is a constant presence in the air you breathe. The warmer the air, the more moisture it’s able of holding before it drops out of its vapor form as liquid condensation. When that warm air comes into contact with a cold surface such as a window pane, the air immediately begins shedding moisture until equilibrium between temperatures and humidity levels are reached. When you see water condensation forming on your windows, it usually falls within one or more of these three common issues: Abnormally high relative humidity Inadequate ventilation Seasonal temperature swings The first can be caused by a lot of things, ranging from leftover moisture leaching out from building materials to an oversized heating and cooling system. The second is usually a building design problem, considering how most of today’s homes are designed to be as tightly-sealed against outdoor pollutants and energy losses. As for the third issue, seasonal temperature swings can easily cause condensation, especially during the first few weeks of a seasonal transition towards hotter or colder temperatures. Ventilation Is Paramount A blast of fresh outdoor air can help push out stale, moisture-laden air. Immediate ventilation is as simple as opening a couple of windows, but there needs to be a permanent solution. Making sure your home’s ventilation system is properly designed to provide adequate airflow is important for keeping your windows condensate-free. Consider installing exhaust fans in areas where high humidity levels are a constant occurrence (such as your kitchen or bathroom). For tightly sealed homes, a mechanical ventilation system may be able to deliver a constant source of fresh air. Block Condensation With Style Believe it or not, your curtains can be used to prevent condensation from forming. The relatively warm pocket of air created by a typical curtain provides an insulating barrier against extreme cold or heat coming into contact with your windows. Proper Installation Counts This is especially important for double-pane windows, since they feature a void in between the two panes. This void is usually filled with an inert gas that provides an insulating cushion against the sort of temperature differentials that could cause condensation on windows. If this space isn’t kept sealed properly, then it’s possible for condensation to form in that area. That’s why it’s so important to use the proper weatherstripping materials and techniques during installation. Consider Dehumidification Sometimes, homes can just have a bit too much moisture for their own good and ventilation only reduces it by a small amount. This can happen if you live in a region that’s naturally humid for most of the year. To tackle this problem, you’ll need a tool that’s capable of removing large amounts of moisture from your home’s indoor air efficiently and effectively. That’s where dehumidifiers come in. Available in both whole-house and portable forms, a dehumidifier lowers your...

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