29 June 2012
Insulated Glass Basics

With summer heating up big time, many homeowners are thinking about the benefits of insulated glass windows. And no wonder. In an old house - and even some newer ones - the windows may be single-pane types that were installed decades ago. Or they may be multiple-pane installations using out-of-date technologies. Windows like that don't do enough to prevent the transmission of heat. As a result, they wind up increasing air-conditioning energy costs (not to mention heating in the cold months).

Insulated glass windows are another story entirely. They are double-pane or triple-pane types, with special insulating spacers separating the panes. Some windows will contain insulating gases such as argon or krypton between panes; many will also feature low-emissivity coatings.

The upshot of all this: choose your windows carefully, taking advantage of current technologies, and you'll receive a bunch of important benefits. Insulated glass windows help you keep a steady temperature in your house. The interior of your house gains less heat in the summer with these models, and retains heat better in wintertime. And that means year-round savings of energy and money.

Nor are these the only benefits of today's high-tech windows. Insulated windows reduce the formation of condensation on the inner surface. And they do a much better job than old-fashioned windows at keeping street noise to a minimum.

At ABE Doors and Windows, we'll be glad to consult with you - there's no charge, of course - to find exactly the right windows for your home. We handle many sizes, styles and varieties. Call us today at 610-398-2430 to take the first step.

14 June 2012
High tech at the garage door

Remote control garage door opening is so valued - and so widely used - that most people who own garages consider it a practical necessity. Today, there's a fresh technological take on garage door openers. A new generation of controls builds on their safety and convenience in a big way, offering breakthrough capabilities directly from your computer or smart phone.

Our top-of-the-line offering is the Liftmaster® 8550 garage-door operator. This is an opener of the highest quality and reliability, with belt drive and DC battery backup. Even in a power outage, its safety and security capabilities are unaffected.

But its most innovative feature is built-in MyQ™ technology, an advancement that enables you to open, close and monitor your garage door from any intelligent electronic device, anywhere in the world. MyQ's versatile control also enables you to turn lights on or off remotely. Yet another useful capability: it tracks and reports on every action taken, so you'll always know when the door has been opened or closed.

With carefully engineered soft start and slow stop, the Liftmaster 8550 is exceptionally quiet. It's ideal for homes with a room above the garage - or anywhere homeowners appreciate a little less noise. Call us today for more information at 610-398-2430.

03 June 2012
A month to focus on garage door safety

Today's well-engineered, carefully constructed garage doors are very safe products. Still, the doors are the largest, heaviest moving objects in most homes. As such, safety demands proper maintenance and correct use. It's especially important to make sure that kids are aware that garage doors are not toys.

June is National Home Safety Month, and the industry organizations DASMA (Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association) and IDA (International Door Association) have also declared it Garage Door Safety Month. It's a great time to think about keeping your garage doors operating properly and safely. Here are some dos and don'ts that can help.

DO a periodic visual inspection. Check the springs, cables, rollers and all other visible parts for signs of wear or damage. If you suspect a problem, have a trained technician take a look.

DO operate the door only when you can see it, keeping it in sight until it opens or closes completely.

DO test the reversing mechanism monthly. A properly functioning garage door reverses direction as soon as it encounters an obstacle. If that's not happening, call a technician and have it fixed.

DO test the force setting monthly. Stand outside the path of the door and try to hold it up as it descends. It should reverse easily; otherwise call a technician.

DO test the door balance monthly. Close the door and disconnect the operator, then lift the door. It should open smoothly with little resistance. If not, have a technician check it.

DON'T let kids play with the door's transmitters or remote controls. This is an especially important rule. Keep all controls away from children. Mount wall controls high, out of reach of small hands. And make sure your kids know that they should never play with the garage door.

DON'T try to repair spring assemblies yourself. They're under extreme tension. Working with them can be very dangerous for anyone but expert technicians.

DON'T stand, walk, duck or run under a garage door when it's moving.

DON'T put your fingers - or any body part - in or near the door's section joints, hinges, tracks, springs, or other parts.

ABE Doors and Windows is fully committed to keeping garage doors operating safely at all times. If you have a safety question or concern, call us now at (610) 398-2430. We'll be glad to discuss the situation, and can provide prompt help if you need it.