Written by John Rocco

With so many homeowners inrepparttar market for more energy efficient windows and doors for their home, i thought i would use this week's article to coverrepparttar 100038 more common terms used to describe a window's ability to insulate your home fromrepparttar 100039 elements. There is an organization called The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). Their purpose is to test each window manufacturer's product to independently verifyrepparttar 100040 ratings for each test administered. So, let's discuss each test and what it means.

First, there isrepparttar 100041 U-Factor. This number representsrepparttar 100042 rate that heat escapes throughrepparttar 100043 window. Therefore,repparttar 100044 lowerrepparttar 100045 U-Factor,repparttar 100046 betterrepparttar 100047 window. Most vinyl replacement windows with standard, dual pane glass, have a U-Factor around .5. When you add LowE glass in place ofrepparttar 100048 standard clear glass,repparttar 100049 U-Factor comes down below .4. By replacingrepparttar 100050 air betweenrepparttar 100051 panes of glass with Argon or Krypton gas,repparttar 100052 U-Factor can be reduced to around .3. The Government's energy star program requires a window to have a U-Factor below a certain number in order to be energy star rated. You need to find out what that rating is in your particular area ofrepparttar 100053 country. You can start by going to The energy star website. In areas ofrepparttar 100054 country where rebates are given for installing energy star rated products in your home, you will only receiverepparttar 100055 rebate by proving that your windows have a U-Factor less thanrepparttar 100056 maximum allowed. That proof comes fromrepparttar 100057 manufacturer's NFRC label affixed to each window.

“5 Fast Ideas to Freshen the Look of your Room

Written by Shannon Emmanuel

“Company’s coming and my place doesn’t look right…”

You know how it goes, you have visitors coming tonight. You’ve cleaned every room inrepparttar house (well, maybe notrepparttar 100037 bedroom). You’ve plannedrepparttar 100038 menu, and…it’s just not quite right. Perhaps you’ve been hankering for a change or maybe it strikes you out ofrepparttar 100039 air,repparttar 100040 room needs Something, but what?

Here’s five fast tips for when that re-decorating demon strikes and you haven’trepparttar 100041 budget or time to do much.

You can likely do all of these ideas for significantly less than $50, but because they are simple, I’ll explain alongrepparttar 100042 way what makesrepparttar 100043 difference.

1)Fresh Flowers You don’t need a $50 bouquet to make a room, but a stale look will get an instant boost with a bit of living, breathing, greenery. Consider a $20 tropical, large enough to fill in an empty corner, and spend another $20 on a colorful bunch of fresh cut flowers (if you shop well, you can even getrepparttar 100044 vase). This will give your room instant punch!

2)Bowl of Fruit & Table Cloth If you’re atrepparttar 100045 market anyway, don’t overlookrepparttar 100046 zest and color that a large bowl of fresh fruit lends torepparttar 100047 kitchen, dining room, or evenrepparttar 100048 coffee table. Great look that works well in all decors; fill a pottery dish with a variety, or a tall glass vase with a single fruit (ie: lemons or limes) or even line up a row of green apples alongrepparttar 100049 coffee or dining table for a contemporary feel. And since fruit is inexpensive, give yourself a shot of change by selecting a new table linen inrepparttar 100050 trendiest color ofrepparttar 100051 season to give your room a real lift or invest in a crisp white or cream cloth for a classic look.

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