FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com january 22, 2015 • The Queens Courier 23 UNIFIED Window Systems Inc. Windows • Doors • Siding • Roofing 299 Peninsula Blvd. Hempstead Village, NY 11550 (516) 481-3000 373 West Jericho Tpke. Huntington, NY 11743 (631) 612-2510 298 Medford Ave. (Rt.112) Patchogue, NY 11772 Fax (516) 481-8153 U WSD Nassau LIC# 176165000 Suffolk LIC# 19279 NYC LIC# 0856560 www.unifiedwindows.com KEEP YOUR HOME WARMER AND SAVE MONEY DOING IT Do you have a room that gets especially cold in the winter or several rooms that never seem to get as warm as others in your house? Have your heating bills increased? Well, figuring out the reason may be easier than you think, and the good news––the solution doesn’t have to be an expensive one. Winter is the only time to make a proper assessment and below are some easy steps to follow to do just that. You can do it yourself but may prefer to call a professional to assess your needs and give you an estimate to make the improvements. Keep in mind, a truly reputable company will send a trained inspector or estimator to your home and won’t charge you a penny for that service. Once they provide a recommendation of how to fix the problems, you should always get a few estimates to make sure you’re not being overcharged for the work needed. Pick an especially cold and windy day and follow these steps to assess your home heating problems: • Windows and Doors: Stand in the room, walk slowly toward the window or door and feel the temperature change as you get closer. Put your hands close to the glass areas and around the perimeter. It will always be slightly colder in this area but if it is easy to feel a difference, you may need to have some caulking or capping done on the exterior, add a storm door to an exterior door or maybe change the windows or doors completely. At the very least, closing blinds or hanging heavier weight curtains or drapes can help on the coldest days. Remember it doesn’t have to be a draft to make your room colder. Just a very cold surface will cause the temperature to drop. • Walls: Cold easily permeates through poorly insulated walls and blows through electrical outlets. It can drop room temperatures by as much as 10 degrees. Feel the interior wall to see how cold it gets. Simply having exterior seams caulked can stop drafts from getting inside the wall and house or you can have siding with special insulation installed that will efficiently conserve your heat. New siding on one side or an area of your house can cost as little as $1000 and will correct your heat loss problem as well as improve the look of your home and raise its market value. • Ceilings: Crawlspaces, attics and unused second floor rooms that are poorly heated can cause serious draft and cold issues to the ‘lived in’ rooms below them. Heat rises very quickly and will leave the room straight through the ceiling. This problem can easily be corrected without breaking the bank. New specially formulated insulation can be blown into attic and crawlspaces that will reverse your heat-loss for as little as $500. An added plus is that most of the energy saving products we sell qualify for a 30% tax credit which lowers your final cost even further. • Floors: Rooms above non-heated garages or crawlspaces can get especially cold and can be mostly felt on feet and legs. Even if the basement below is heated, the area around the foundation could be admitting cold air into the space between the upper and lower areas. This problem can also be fixed with caulking on the outside, siding and insulation outside, insulating between the floor beams from the basement or even by installing wall to wall carpeting with padding. Take on your heat-loss issues now while it’s cold outside! Making an assessment after the weather warms up will only leave you guessing at the actual problem and waiting for next winter to see if you were right. At Unified Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing we send trained estimators to evaluate the problems at no cost and with no obligations. Any recommendations and prices for the work are put in writing in a detailed estimate and all of our work is guaranteed lifetime. Our three showrooms are open 7 days a week so call (888) 631-2131 anytime for a free in home estimate or visit our website at www.uwds.com Written by: Steven J DiMare Chief Executive Officer Unified Window Systems, Inc.
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