Brace yourself, winter is peeking around the corner. If you haven’t started already, carve out some time to ensure your house...and those that live in it, are ready for whatever winter has up it’s sleeve.
Outside the Home
Pack up all your summer furniture, décor and sports equipment that may still be lingering around. If these items are being stored in your garage, get your winter gear out and moved toward the front where it can be easily accessed come that first snowfall.
Clean out your outside dryer lint trap. You’ll be surprised at how much accumulates in there. Lint build up is responsible for 34% of dryer related fires. Don’t overlook this important task.
1978 may seem like a long time ago, but the lead that was used in paints is still a cause for concern as it is harmful to babies and adults. A recent report states that 1 in 40 children have blood levels that are considered unsafe. We want to make sure all families stay healthy by understanding where lead can be found and how to take measures to keep everyone safe.
Recognize Where Lead Can Be Hiding
Laws were passed in 1978 to prevent lead from being added to paints and other items, but lead based materials are still present in older homes.
We are always amazed at the ways technology can help us when it comes to our homes. We are pleased to introduce you to ProVia’s “Entry Door Lookbook.” If you are in the market for a new entry door, you may feel overwhelmed by all the choices. This organized online brochure aims to help you first know your style.
Decorative glass inserts are an excellent way to add style to your front door and curb appeal to your house. ProVia knows no two homes are alike and offers a beautiful collection of designs from which to choose. The possibilities are endless, with the customer being able to choose from clear beveled glass or panels that offer more privacy. A pleasing array of colors will complement any home.
The heat is on! Dial back the AC and give these tips a try. You’ll stay cool and maybe save a few dollars on your electric bill.
Check Your Ceiling Fans
In the summer, your blades should be rotating counterclockwise. This pushes the air downward and creates a nice cool breeze. It also helps maintain a room’s temperature. You may find yourself able to cut back on the air conditioning on some days.
Using pedestal or box fans around the room can help as well. It’s great to be able to position them exactly where you need a breeze.
Summertime is here and families are loading up their cars to visit relatives and discover different towns and attractions along the way. Before you leave, make sure your home is secure and burglar-free while you are away.
Be Social Media Savvy
It may be tempting, but don’t announce your vacation on social media. There are too many people posing as “friends” that are lurking for news that your home will be empty. You may even want to wait on posting those pictures of your family waving poolside until you are home. Don’t give anyone a chance to target your home.
Looks like the warmer weather is finally here. People are getting their homes ready for another summer, planning vacations and gearing up for fun with family and friends. Since you may see more traffic at your home and on the street, please make sure your garage door and surrounding areas are safe and secure.
Do a General Clean Up
A lot of debris can accumulate in and around your garage over the winter months. Give your drive-way and some of the curb area a good sweep and pick up any trash. Avoid a puncture to your tires! Do the same in your garage, it’s amazing how much can blow inside when the door is open.
As we prepare our homes for the warmer months ahead, it’s a good time to make sure your windows, and the area surrounding them are safe for children (and certain curious pets) of all ages. Here are some tips to get you started.
If you are letting the fresh air in, open the window from the top, not the bottom if possible. Always lock your windows when not in use.
Life is given meaning by celebrating little victories and we have another success story here at A.B.E. Doors & Windows. Our general manager’s son, Dylan, just received his second-degree black belt in karate. Congratulations Dylan!
Spring cleaning is underway in and around the home again. Windows are sparkling, cobwebs are disappearing and the lawn is getting prepped for another summer. In the midst of all the sweeping and shampooing, cleaning the garage door often gets overlooked. We get it, there’s a lot going on. Between work and focusing on your family, washing down the garage door is last on the list. We want to encourage you to make time for this important chore.
Check out why…
When maintenance and proper care are observed, your garage door should have a life span of about 20 years. Washing it on a regular basis, (twice a year is recommended) helps protect your investment and extend its life.
A day in the life of an A.B.E. installation technician. After working at A.B.E. Doors & Windows for four years, I finally got to take a field trip out of the office and into the field. I was invited along with two of our technicians who were installing a brand-new Provia entrance door with two sidelights.
The past few weeks have teased us with a day here and there where the temperatures hit above 50 degrees. A gentle reminder that spring is on its way. Here are a few items you can do now to ready your home for the warmer months ahead.
Repair Drafty Windows and Doors
We’ve had enough chilly days that probably exposed an area or two that needs attention. Plus, if chilly air is getting in, your air conditioning is going to leak out during summer. If you see areas that could be treated with a line of caulk or weather stripping, that may remedy the situation for a little while. A really bad draft should be examined by a professional who may recommend replacing the entire window or door. This repair will help regulate temperature in your home and save you money on the electric bill.
In a few weeks, we will all be collecting our receipts and financial statements in preparation of filing our income tax returns. If you are one of the lucky ones getting some money back, consider investing back in your home if spring projects are on your to-do list.
If you are looking to get the best return on investment (ROI), the following improvements may help your home retain or increase it’s value.
Who doesn’t enjoy an up to date bathroom! Plus if you are anticipating a move soon, it’s one of the rooms potential buyers focus on. Your tax return may not be thousands of dollars, but changing the vanity, installing a rain shower-head and updating the lighting can really transform the space.