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The windows in your home are important. They provide a source of air, but they also provide a source of protection from the elements and help to keep the heat in the home. They also prevent the cold air from escaping in the summer months. With properly insulated windows, you’ll actually save on heating and cooling costs. That’s why the windows in your home are so important.
At some point, you’ll need to replace the windows in your home. While there’s no definitive time, there’s plenty of recommendations as to when you know your windows are failing you. It’s important to the overall health of your home to know that the windows are “doing their job.” Below, we’ll give you some tips on how you’ll know when you need to make the switch to newer windows. We’ll also show you the disadvantages in waiting too long to replace the windows in the home.
How Many Years Do Windows Typically Last?
A basic rule is that windows last between 15 and 20 years. Then they’ll need to be replaced sometime soon after they reach that age. Many times, homeowners will provide some touch-ups to the windows, adding additional insulation and caulking. This, however, is a mere temporary fix. Eventually, the entire units will need to be replaced.
Design Moves Forward
One of the best advantages to replacing your windows is that advances in their design continue to make your home better. Newer windows provide much more insulation than older versions. The temperature in your home will be better regulated with newer windows, helping you to save on your overall energy costs.
New Windows Add Value
Putting new windows in your home can help you to add value to your home. While more energy efficient types of windows are an investment, you’ll save money on a few things in the long term. The money that can be saved on energy bills alone can be worth it.
If you plan on selling your home in the near future, replacing the windows can also be a big bonus. They will add money to the overall value of the appraisal and entice buyers. There’s one less thing a buyer will have to do in your home once you move, making your home more attractive.
The Right Number
The 15-20 year mark is simply a suggestion as to how often windows should ideally be replaced in a home. Keep tabs on the windows that are in your home and make note if you’re feeling drafts or the windows start to get stuck, crack, or even break completely. You’ll know it’s time to replace the windows when you see these signs.
Since the dawn of the internet age, a growing number of homeowners and bill payers are asking themselves if they really need to keep paying for cable television.
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to cable. While there are many services that you can find most services and shows that cable TV provides, there aren’t any that offer the full package.
Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to cut the cord is down to personal preference. In this post, we’re going to talk about some of the ways you can save by getting rid of cable TV, the services that you can use instead of cable, and what to expect from those services.
The case for cord cutting
We’re not at a point where you can usually bundle up services to get all of the things you watch on cable TV and then some. Some people argue, however, that to truly get a wide selection of sports, news, and TV shows you would end up paying the same amount as you do for cable. How do they arrive at those figures?
Say you pay about $20 per month for Netflix and Amazon Prime. But you still don’t have the sports channels you want so you have to add an additional service. Then you notice your video stream keeps pausing and lagging so you have to upgrade your internet.
If you want every channel under the sun and the highest internet to stream them on, yes it could cost as much to ditch cable as it would be to keep it. But the reality is that most people don’t want or need that many services or channels. People don’t have time to watch that many shows when they get home from work, and are more than happy with the selection that one $8 per month service offers them.
Alternatives to monthly streaming services
Another thing opponents of cord cutting ignore is the fact that there are a number of services you can get for free that would replace some of the things that cable TV offers.
A number of news channels, as well as entertainment services like YouTube are streaming online for free. You have to watch the occasional advertisement, but you have to do that with cable TV anyway.
If there are local channels you feel you’re missing out on, you can still use a TV antenna, which are broadcasting a higher quality than ever. For $30, you can have access to channels for free over the air (OTA).
OTA channels vary based on your location, so be sure to check to see what the signal is like in your area.
The best way to decide if you’re ready to ditch cable is to find out which channels and shows you still want access to and to see if you can get them cheaper online. That’s it.
Odds are your internet is going to be strong enough to stream a show (unless you have a house full of kids trying to do the same thing). So, look into the streaming options, do the math, and make the best informed decision for your household.
When you move into a house, the aisles of paint at the hardware store can seem awfully overwhelming. How will you ever choose a color for each area of your home? Adding color to a home is part of what will make it your own. One of the last things that you may think of is the color of your front door. Instead of painting the entire exterior of your home, it might be a good idea to look at your front door.
It’s not a sin to think outside of the box when it comes to the color of your front door. Why not let your house stand out from the crowd? There’s many different colors that pop out and make great additions to any front door. We’ll break down some of the great possibilities for your front door here.
Red is a great color because it goes well with many neutral tones. It brings a bit of life to a sometimes rather bland exterior color of the home. You can put a red door on a home that is a shade of tan, gray, or even white. Keep in mind that there’s also many different shades of red for you to choose from that allow you to find the tone and feel that works for you.
Yellow Or Orange
You can certainly welcome visitors with a touch of cheeriness right at your front door. Yellow brings a certain kind of warmth to the entrance of your home. Yellow goes well with white, grays, tans, even brick and stone exteriors.
Orange needs to be used carefully. With the right tones surrounding it, you can make use of orange on your front door to make your home a bit more welcoming. Shades of orange work well with grays, blues, greens, and white exteriors.
Earthy Tones: Green And Blue
Green and blue are great colors to help your home stand out from the crowd and provide a touch of style and warmth right at the front door. There are so many shades of green to choose from. You can go with a light green such as mint or lime. You can also choose a darker shade of green like olive or avocado.
Green shades on a door pair well with whites, browns, tans, stone, cream, grays, and even shades of blue.
Blue is often a color that we use more indoors. There’s so many different shades of blue that are available. Blue doors pair well with an exterior that is gray, white, tan, stone, brick, or gray.
You can really use the front door of your home as an element of surprise. When you think of what colors go together, it’s hard to go wrong with a bold front door.
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