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23 October 2014

Energy awareness month tips

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With October being proclaimed as National Energy Month, Gravina's Window Center reminds customers there are proper steps to ensure a safe and economical way to stay warm inside as the temperature drops outside.

An inspection and tune up of your heating system by a qualified technician is recommended and can save customer's money by ensuring the furnace is operating safely and efficiently. Check for rebates for a furnace tune up performed by a qualified HVAC technician. 

• Clean or replace your furnace filter as needed (follow manufacturer's guidelines).

• Check the flame in the burner to make sure it's blue. A yellow flame may indicate the need for adjustment.

 • Check your chimney flues for corrosion and make sure all vents are clear of any blockage or debris.

 • Keep the area around your furnaces, boilers and water heaters clear. Do not store flammable liquids or other combustibles nearby.

Visit the Colorado Energy Office' website for additional information on "Safety" and "Saving Energy." If customers are considering the purchase of new heating equipment or appliances, Colorado Energy Office reminds customers to check with the dealer or the company's website to see if there are energy efficiency rebates available.

To ensure safety while your heating system is operating, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, as well as smoke detectors should be in good working condition. Check batteries and test each unit. Properly placed CO and smoke detectors in the home can save lives.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can come from any inadequately burned and vented fuel sources, including water heaters, furnaces, ranges/ stoves, clothes dryers, grills, fireplaces and portable generators.  Very dangerous, expecially in the high country.

Chimneys and vents can become plugged due to bird and small animal nests and leaves. A thorough annual inspection is a good idea to ensure proper ventilation is taking place while heating equipment is operating.

Some homeowners include portable or space heaters to complement heating their residence. Portable heaters come in many shapes and sizes and come with manufacturer's recommended instructions for safe operations. They can be dangerous if not properly used. Keep any type of combustibles away from the heating element of portable heaters.

 

 

 

 

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Littleton, CO 80120

22 October 2014

Tips to Reduce High Energy Bills During Energy Awareness Month

Homeowners wishing to reduce soaring energy bills should make sure to evaluate their exterior doors. That's the advice of experts at Therma-Tru during October's Energy Awareness Month.

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Homeowners wishing to reduce soaring energy bills should make sure to evaluate their exterior doors. That's the advice of experts at Therma-Tru during October's Energy Awareness Month. 

"Leaking air through older entry doors and inefficient insulation within the door itself can increase heating and cooling bills," says Brad Johnson, vice president of marketing with Therma-Tru Corp. "October is the ideal time each year to evaluate the doors in the home, conduct minor maintenance and make a determination if any door needs to be replaced."

Johnson reports that most homeowners can get years of service from their front door, but, just like all major items in the home, it will eventually need to be replaced. He offers these easy tips on how to evaluate the main entry door and determine when it's time to consider a door replacement.

Tip #1 - Open and close the door --- on both dry and wet, humid days. Make sure all the components operate smoothly. If the door doesn't close securely, then it’s most likely leaking air, causing the home to lose energy. 

Tip #2 - Inspect the weather stripping around all sides of the front door to make sure it has not worn out. On a bright day, stand inside near the door and look for daylight flowing through the door perimeter. If light is coming in, then so most likely, is external air and possibly moisture. That means it’s time to determine if the foam-filled weatherstripping may have lost some of its compression, cracked or simply worn out. 

Tip #3 - Examine the locks to make sure they operate smoothly and are strong enough to help protect the home. Multi-point locking systems, like those that can be requested on Therma-Tru® doors, offer exceptional peace-of-mind and security for the home.

Tip #4 - Reach out and touch the door on both hot and cold days. If a person feels the exterior temperatures on the inside surface, then the door may not have adequate insulation. In this situation, homeowners should consider upgrading the door with a replacement that is more energy efficient and is an ENERGY STAR® qualified product for the region where the home is located. Order a multi-point locking system on the next door for a tighter fit against the weatherstripping, which can help provide even greater energy savings. 

Tip #5 - Look at the appearance of the door. Wood doors tend to warp or rot after years of service. A steel door can get dinged and rust over time. And, it's possible that the style of the door simply doesn't match up with the design of the home. These are all red flags that it's time to replace the front door. 

What to Look for in a New Door 
"If it becomes apparent that a door needs to be replaced, homeowners should consider one made of fiberglass," says Johnson. "A solid fiberglass door is up to four times more energy efficient than a solid wood door, plus the homeowner gets the benefits that fiberglass has to offer, including resistance to rot, rust, dings and weather."

Another factor to consider is what's on the inside of the door. The dense polyurethane foam used in the core of Therma-Tru® fiberglass doors helps the doors achieve high thermal performance values. 

According to Johnson, homeowners choosing to add decorative glass to Therma-Tru fiberglass doors can also count on energy-efficient features. The company's triple-pane construction of most decorative and privacy glass doorlites and sidelites creates both a strong thermal and acoustical barrier. And factory-coated Low-E glass, available as an option for clear glass, also delivers exceptional energy efficiency. In cold weather, the Low-E glass helps reduce the loss of heat by reflecting the heat back inside the home. In warm weather, Low-E glass reflects the sun's rays off of the glass, helping keep the interior of the home cool.

Constructed as a complete system of components, Therma-Tru fiberglass doors are designed and engineered to work together for lasting performance, security and energy efficiency. Multi-point locking systems that engage a series of locks at several places on the frame, plus the adjustable security strike plate that can withstand up to three times the force of a standard strike plate, are key factors in creating a dependable Therma-Tru entry door system.

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Gravinas Window Center
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Littleton, CO 80120

11 October 2014

Fall home improvement

 

As Autumn approaches, honey-do lists get reposted on the refrigerator door, and do-it-yourself folks get their second wind.

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 A plan, tools, parts and supplies are the basics for any of those jobs – including projects specific to getting ready for winter.

 “This time of year, calls for replacement windows really pick up,” said Jim Gravina, owner of Gravina's Window Center in Littleton. “The most popular are double-pane fiberglass windows.”  Gravina said many homeowners replace a few windows each fall, although some opt for more to hold back stiff cold wind and frigid temperatures.  “You can definitely feel the difference when they’re in,” Gravina said. “Actually it’s the same for (protecting against) summer weather.”

 The double pane windows fit into the existing window jam so the interior trim doesn’t have to be involved, according to Gravina.   Weather stripping and clear window plastic are not in vogue anymore.  Most people  want to change their old wood windows. Replacement doors also are popular ways to cut down on wind and chill.

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“The doors we sell are mostly fiberglass, but we also sell a lot of patio doors as well,” Gravina said. “The  doors are actually insulated door units. The door interiors are insulated. I would discourage someone from buying wood doors. If they get a little damp, they warp.”   The fiberglass doors are much more energy efficient than wood which is why we chose to go with fiberglass. There are different qualities of pre-stained fiberglass doors. There are some that the color is throughout the fiberglass.  Basically, fiberglass windows and doors are longe term products that will improve the curb appeal fo your home and the comfort of your life

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Gravinas Window Center
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10 October 2014

Cord safety for window coverings

 

Basic Window Cord Safety

What to Look For…

Children and window cords don’t mix. When window cords are accessible to small children, these seemingly harmless products may become strangulation hazards.

This is especially important with older window coverings that may not meet the latest national standard for window cord safety.   If at all possible, use only non-corded window coverings in homes where infants and young children are present.

If you have corded window coverings and can’t replace them with today’s safer products, check them for the following hazards and order our free retrofit kits as needed.

  • http://www.windowcoverings.org/wp-content/themes/wcsc/images/li-mark.jpg) 0px 11px no-repeat;">Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
    Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall 
  • http://www.windowcoverings.org/wp-content/themes/wcsc/images/li-mark.jpg) 0px 11px no-repeat;">Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.  Eliminate any dangling cords.
  • http://www.windowcoverings.org/wp-content/themes/wcsc/images/li-mark.jpg) 0px 11px no-repeat;">Make sure that tasseled pull cords are as short as possible
  • http://www.windowcoverings.org/wp-content/themes/wcsc/images/li-mark.jpg) 0px 11px no-repeat;">Check that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords. 
  • http://www.windowcoverings.org/wp-content/themes/wcsc/images/li-mark.jpg) 0px 11px no-repeat;">Continuous-loop cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be permanently anchored to the floor or wall. 

Learn how to retrofit older window coverings by clicking here.

Better Yet… replace older corded window blinds, shades and draperies with today’s safer products.  And use only non-corded window coverings in homes with infants and young children.

Install only cordless window coverings in young children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s safer products

 

 

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Littleton, CO 80120

01 October 2014

Jim Gravina on the radio with Peter Boyles

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Jim Gravina, owner of Gravina's Window Center of Littleton, in the 710 KNUS studio today with Peter Boyles talking shop.  

 

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