Fire-Up the Furnace; Heating SMARTER not Harder

 

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The crisp air is creeping in; now is the time to “shoo” it out! Here are 14 lil’ nuggets of info to shave down those heat bills this winter.

  •  Cover all bare floors. Carpeting or rugs add to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.
  • Raise the temperature slowly to keep your bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump’s temperature activates the heat strip, which uses tons of energy.
  • Set your thermostat to 68-70 degrees during the day in the winter, and 65-68 degrees at night to keep your home comfortable and save on heating costs.
  • Close the flue in your fireplace and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
  • Limit your use of portable heaters.They’re great for “spot” heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.
  • Keep your thermostat close to the outside temperature – it’s cheaper to keep your home at 70°F when it’s 50°F outside than when it’s 30°F.
  • Don’t block air vents with drapes and furniture.
  • Get an energy-efficient furnace and you could cut your heating costs in half.
  • Change the filters in your heating system every month for optimum efficiency.
  • Give your furnace air space to work efficiently. Never stack anything against your unit or drape anything over it.
  • Set your thermostat to 60 degrees if going on vacation during the winter months, but don’t turn it off.
  • Heat your home with the sun’s help.Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
  • Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.
  • Get up-to-date windows. Windows are a HUGE energy drain in winter months. Plastic barriers help with draft, but it’s really just a bandage. Investing in updated windows is a more lasting solution that adds value to your home as well!

For more information about window options, check out our website:  www.weathertightcorp.com/windows/

And for more energy saving tips STAY TUNED!

Proud as a Peacock; Weather Tight Launches New Website!

Proud as a Peacock; Weather Tight Launches New Website!

After many months of planning and development our new site now incorporates significant

the dudeschanges,which improve and streamline your experience.

You asked. We listened. Your feedback was invaluable and the features you requested are now available.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­The new site’s homepage welcomes you with a clean, simple and bold design, easy-to-use navigation, and new product categories. These new categories will help you determine what products are right for you. Our website also features specialized portals including, but not limited to:

  • Video Support for Frequently asked Product Questions
  • Easy-to-use Live Chat!
  • Tod & Todd’s Video Tips
  • Weather Tight Team Photos

…and much, much more!

We are pleased as ever that we can provide you with convenient service on the web, telephone, and in our showrooms. We welcome you to the new website, peruse our space and let us know what you think.

A special thank you to all contributors and loyal customers that we are proud to call Weather Tight Family!

Do you have questions or concerns?

Shoot us an Email at info@weathertightcorp.com or call us at 414.459.3888

 

Effecting Change: Weather Tight 5% Non-Profit Donation Program

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As the holiday season approaches, many folks are considering what can be done to aide our communities in need. Here at Weather Tight, we WANT to get involved! We are a strong believer in partnering with local non-profit organizations, and have a great program to partner with them to increase their donations!

Non-profit and Community organizations have an opportunity to earn money simply by referring new customers to our company. If the customer is pleased enough to purchase, Weather Tight donates 5% of the purchase price back to the organization as a thank you for their referral!

Who can apply to our program?

-Schools-Great Fundraising Opportunity

-Churches & Religious Organizations

-Non-Profit Organizations

-Festivals & Seasonal Event Organizations

How do I apply?

Send a simple email. Make sure to include the group or organization information’s name and contact details. If you are deemed to be an eligible organization, we will send you an application. All applications are then reviewed prior to approval.

How can I promote Weather Tight’s program if I am approved?

Some great ways to promote include:

-Sending flyers to organization members

-Making public announcements at an organization event

-Post a link on your organization’s website to a special 5% page on Weather Tight’s website. We will be happy to provide you with an image and the html code, as well as assist you with any promotion questions.

If you have a fundraising cause near and dear to your heart, let us know! We are always looking for new community events to raise money for local causes. Weather Tight welcomes the invitation to sponsor local events and be a vendor at your next event!

Email us at info@weathertightcorp.com We look forward to hearing from you!

Do the Safety Dance! Gutter Cleaning Tips that Can Save Your Life!

With the autumn season upon us, it’s time to get geared up for everyone’s favorite fall activity…no, not pumpkin carving; GUTTER CLEANING! Time to do the “Safety Dance” and get down with some tips that will save your hide!

  • Practice Ladder Safety: Let a friend or neighbor know that you will be working on a ladder. Make sure it is durable, sturdy and not too heavy as you will move it frequently as you clean.
  • Rake Leaves & Debris off Rooftop First: This is not always necessary, but it will ensure no gutter refilling as you work. No one likes to double back! Also bear in mind if you are walking on the roof, dampest times are mornings. Late mornings, or early afternoons are the best times to walk on a roof.
  • Utilize a Garden Hose: Opt for a “pistol-grip” trigger sprayer, this will allow you to adjust water pressure with the use of one hand. There are extension attachments as well that provide a longer reach if necessary.
  • Get a Gutter Scoop: Scooping out leafy debris can be a lot easier with a strong handled scoop. Plastic is best, as it does not scrape or scratch the gutters. This will aide in rust prevention.
  • Wear the Right Gear: It is wise to wear safety goggles, durable work gloves, and rubber-soled shoes. Rubber-soled shoes provide necessary traction, while goggles ensure that random flying debris stays away from your eyes! It can also be helpful to use water-resistant gloves, as gutter cleaning can get a little messy.
  • Unclog the Downspouts: After the gutters are clean, run the water hose directly into the downspout to be sure no water backs-up. If a clog arises, tapping the side of the downspout usually does the trick.
  • Schedule Semi-Annual Cleanings: Keeping gutters clean and clear prevents water damage both to your home and the gutter system. Debris can cause additional runoff, compromising the home’s foundation. Gutter debris can also speed up rusting when no rainfall occurs, as trapped moisture cannot escape.
  • Be Mindful of Power Lines: Inspect any wires or cables connected to, or near the roof. This is to ensure the protective wire insulation is intact, and it’s safe to be near the wires. If cables appear worn or damaged, contact a licensed professional electrical contractor to make repairs BEFORE cleaning the gutters!
  • Invest in Gutter Protection: Using a quality gutter protection system can eliminate the need for gutter cleaning entirely. Weather Tight offers performance tested Gutter Protection with lifetime warranties! Check out our website for more information: http://www.weathertightcorp.com/gutters/gutter-protection/ or call us at (414)459-3888 for a free quote!

Weather Tight believes that being properly educated in gutter cleaning techniques is the key to a successful and safe gutter cleaning experience!  Pace yourself, and take the amount of time necessary to be safe this season.

Energy Savers Approve: High Praise for Low-E Window Coatings

It seems everywhere you turn these days; everyone is talking about energy savings. Frankly, it is unavoidable. The cost of keeping cool in the summer and warm in the winter is a closely monitored issue. Fortunately, great leaps and bounds have been made in the home improvement industry to save money on energy.

Energy savings can be found in the most surprising places. Glass coatings have been a hotly researched element of window design since the 1980’s. By controlling how much of the sun’s energy radiates from glass, one can help control energy costs.

When searching for energy efficient window options, be sure to check these helpful Energy Performance Ratings:

U Factor: Simply put, the lower the U factor, the less heat is lost through the window when heating your home during the winter months. This number should be closest to zero as possible.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): Measures how much heat from the sun is blocked. Windows will fall 0-1, and lower the SHGC, the higher the level of blockage sun’s thermal rays.

Check out this informative blog from BuildingGreen.com for a clear and concise look at the science behind Low-E (Low-Emissivity) Coatings:  http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/window-performance-magic-low-e-coatings

You can also contact Weather Tight, via our website http://www.weathertightcorp.com or call 414.459.3888 to get more information about available Low-E options.

Community Events this Summer: Weather Tight Spottings!

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Summertime in Southeast Wisconsin is loaded with fairs, festivals, and community events. We are meeting great folks, enjoying wonderful food, music, and sampling what this awesome state has to offer.  Winter has never been farther from our minds, and we are having a great time!

Weather Tight has had the pleasure of attending these fun-filled community events:

  • Chocolate Fest
  • West Allis A-la-Carte
  • Chocolate Fest
  • Jefferson County Fair
  • Waukesha County Fair
  • Brookfield Farmer’s Market & More
  • Thank Dog it’s Friday
  • Washington County Fair
  • Racine County Fair
  • Brady Street Festival

State Fair is also on the horizon. We are going to be there EVERYDAY of the fair! Stop by and say, “Hello!” We will be in Aisle 1800 of the large expo building, and cannot wait for all the delicious goodies. Enter our sweepstakes, ask us questions about your home improvement projects, or just come by to tell us what fair food favorites we should try this year. (State Fair: July 31, 2014- August 10, 2014)

Did you know Weather Tight also has a 5% Non-for-Profit Donation program? We would love to sponsor your event, or participate in local community events and donate back to non-profit organizations!

For details check out: http://www.weathertightcorp.com/about-us/5-percent-program.php or email us your request at info@weathertightcorp.com

Choosing the Right Roofer: Tips from the Better Business Bureau

Choosing a reliable roofer can seem like a daunting task. While low costs can be appealing to the average homeowner, it is wise to be wary of bids that seem “too good to be true.” Aside from pricing, many concerns effect the decision making process; Better Business Bureau ratings, references, warranties, material choice, customer care, and many other factors.

While choosing a contractor, one thing is certain; knowledge is power. Being as informed as possible is the key to being confident in your decision. Take the time to make sure all of your questions are answered during a quote; that any unfamiliar terms or jargon is understood, and that you have a solid understanding of warranty options.

The following link from the Better Business Bureau has a set of helpful guidelines to keep in mind:

http://www.bbb.org/greenville/industry-tips/read/tip/choosing-a-roofing-company-1475

Our Company Picnic was TOTALLY Radical!

Thank you for those of you who were able to attend our company picnic at the Waukesha County Fair on Sunday, July 20th!  We enjoyed seeing your faces and enjoying some great food and music (and 80s fashion) with all of you!

Do you want a $500 tax credit? Better Hurry!

This is your final chance to get any sort of tax credit for replacing your old, drafty windows or doors!

The $500 federal tax credit will expire at the end of 2014. In order to utilize this energy-efficiency credit, you must have your windows and/or doors installed by December 31st.

Start planning now! Give us a call to set up a quote at (414) 459-3883, and get pricing information for your project!

To see a list of 8 tax credits that are expiring at the end of the year, check out: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/tax-season-2014-8-disappearing-tax-breaks

Custom Installation Techniques Recognized Nationwide

As a company, our main focus has been the same since the day Tod Colbert founded Weather Tight over 26 years ago – to be a reliable, customer-focused home improvement company. Not only do we continue this focus, we are now able to offer an installation method to our customers that is uniquely available through Weather Tight.

A representative from US Builders Review recently spoke with our founder and CEO, Tod Colbert, to discuss our custom installation process.

Our custom installation process, we call full-frame installation, is superior to the industry-standard “pocket” installation for many reasons.

-Removal of window jamb allows more glass area and ensures no rotted material is surrounding the new window.

-More solid, airtight, long-lasting installation.

-New preassembled, prefinished custom interior moldings with furniture-grade finish.

-Installation for the whole home takes one day, in most cases.

Watch Tod Colbert & our co-owner Todd Schulz discuss full frame windows here.

Weather Tight would love to earn your business! Give us a call at (414) 459-3883 or Request a Free Estimate on our website: www.weathertightcorp.com

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