Posts Categorized: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

An Energy Efficiency Checklist for a Southeastern Home

With a few updates to your home and lifestyle, you can conserve energy in your home. You can improve your energy usage daily, weekly, monthly, and annually, provided you have the proper knowledge. However, environmental conditions in the Southeastern United States are vastly different from those in the Upper Midwest and require different energy efficiency…

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The Best Window Types to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Here in the Southeast, we do a lot of different things to stay cool in the summertime. Beyond just going to the local pool, planting more trees in the yard, and fixing the air conditioning unit, the windows you choose for your house can help beat the heat. Here is an overview of the best…

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How to Know When It’s Time to Replace or Repair Your Windows

High-quality windows are designed to last a long time, but not even the very best ones will last forever. There comes a time in every homeowner’s life to repair or replace windows, but it’s important to know when the time is right. From the window experts at AVI, here is our advice for how to…

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What Makes a Window “High Performance”?

If you are adding new windows to a home or replacing current windows, it makes a lot of sense to choose the best quality products that will last a long time. But only some windows are considered to be “high performance,” which is a designation that’s worth learning more about as a homeowner. Here is…

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How Weather in the Southeast Affects Windows and Doors

Every region of the country has its own unique weather patterns and types of adverse conditions that cause headaches for homeowners. In our home regions of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, we are commonly faced with high humidity, heavy rain, strong winds, scorching temperatures and those occasional winter storms that catch us off-guard. Not only…

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The Importance of Window Insulation & Where to Find the Best Energy-Saving Windows

Insulation is one of the most underrated parts of a home, but it is also one of the most important parts to keep you comfortable and within your budget. Here is an overview of why window insulation is so important all throughout the year and how it can help you conserve energy and save money….

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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Matthew Heimer, senior editor of SmartMoney magazine, explains that energy proofing a house can actually cut annual utility bills in half. Matthew covers breaking down home energy costs, how to monitor heating and cooling costs, how to reduce heating and cooling costs, how to reduce energy costs when using larger appliances, how landscaping can actually…

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6 Must-Do Outdoor Spring Home Maintenance Tasks

Spring is upon us and now is the perfect time to implement these 6 outdoor spring home maintenance projects. 1. Clean gutters Consider this a bi-annual outdoor maintenance task. Look in gutter bottoms for loose granules that signal your asphalt roof may need replacing. 2. Inspect your roof Look for curled and missing shingles, rusted…

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Tips for Choosing Efficient Windows

Chances are that the main reason you are replacing your old windows is to upgrade to more energy efficient models.

Energy Efficient Window Styles for Your Atlanta Home

Not all windows are created equal. The materials and special insulating glass are fundamental to creating energy efficient window designs, and there’s even a difference between window styles. Starting with the right window material is the first step to increasing energy efficiency. Nature knew what it was doing, because wood is still one of the…

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