The 40 Year Old Technology in Your Home That is Costing You Thousands
The 40 Year Old Technology in Your Home That is Costing You Thousands

According to the 2011 American Housing Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the average U.S. home just turned 40. While this may seem insignificant to many, given the breakthroughs in energy efficient technologies for the home over the last 40 years, a majority of American homeowners may be spending thousands on their energy bills each year needlessly. One of the biggest advances in home energy efficiency has been the introduction of ultra-high efficiency windows able to save homeowners 30% or more on their energy bills. Unfortunately, a number of homeowners have yet to upgrade their home’s windows because they simply don’t understand the technologies that make ultra-high efficiency windows so superior. Shout outs to the Denver replacement window company for this informative guest post. Low Emissivity Glass First introduced for use in residential windows in 1983, Low Emissivity (Low-E) glass is one of the most important components of today’s ultra-high efficiency windows. Low-E glass is coated in a microscopic layer of metallic oxides which helps reduce the amount of infrared (IR)radiation that passes through the glass without significantly affecting the amount of visible light. As a result, windows with Low-E glass help to keep warm air inside on cold days and outside on hot days, lowering the amount of energy needed to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Currently the most energy efficient Low-E glass available is Low-E366, which uses a triple layer of silver oxide combined with alternating layers of anti-reflective metal oxide coatings to help block 64%of IR […]

Pond Skimmers
Pond Skimmers

One of the biggest struggles for most pond owners is keeping the pond clean and free of debris. Failure to do so can not only make a pond look dirty and unattractive, but it can also threaten the health of any inhabitants such as fish. While there a number of pumps, filters and chemicals that help keep ponds clean, one of the most essential tools is the pond skimmer. Pond skimmers are designed to remove surface debris from the pond before it sinks to the bottom. Skimming is important because debris that falls to the bottom of the pond can collect and decay, ultimately polluting the pond water. Although most professionally installed ponds include pond skimmers, there are some things to consider if your pond doesn’t have a pond skimmer and you are looking to install one. Selecting the Right Pond Skimmer While there are various pond skimmers available, experts recommend pond owners use the out-of-the-pond skimmers. One of the benefits of an out-of-the-pond skimmer is that it can be serviced outside of the pond, eliminating the need to enter the pond to remove debris from its filters or mats. These skimmers help to pre-filter the pond water, which helps prevent pump clogging, while also serving as the pump vault and overflow system. In addition, pond skimmers with either brushes or horizontal mats are preferred over those that use a vertical mat, which can starve the pump of water if the mat becomes clogged with debris. The pre-filtering of the […]