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Happy Fall!

Today is the first day of fall, which means we will soon be spending increasingly more time indoors. Get outside and pick some apples or walk through the park while you can, because winter is coming. It’s important to make sure your home is just as prepared for the cold weather as you are.

Source: D. Sharon Pruitt

Here are a few ways to prep the house for fall:

Check your heat

For about $80 to $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to make sure the system is clean and in good condition so that it can achieve its efficiency standards. The earlier the better…you do NOT want to wait until winter to find out if your heat isn’t working. The inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage. Look for a heating and air-conditioning contractor that belongs to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America .

Buy a programmable thermostat

Many homes today already have this option, so if you already have one, be sure to check the settings. The initial investment of $50 to $100, you will save you well over that annually on energy bills if keep the thermostat set to no higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home and awake and no more than 62 degrees when you’re away or asleep. Energy Star–qualified models are your best bet because they come with preprogrammed settings. You could also consider home automation for added convenience. While you’re at it, check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors.

Seal all cracks and holes

Check windows, doors and the perimeter for cracks or holes that will cause leaks. Fill any found holes around windows and doors with caulk. If the gap is bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. Check window glazing putty, too (which seals glass into the window frame). Add weather-stripping as needed around doors, making sure you seal any cracks from inside your home. For extra insulation, consider installing cellular shades. These shades are another product that’s going to cut your energy bills down. The larger the cell, the more insulation they provide.

Get the Fireplace Ready

If you have a working fireplace, cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds. You should consider calling a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote if it hasn’t been cleaned in a while. Be sure to inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing and check the mortar between bricks and tuck-point if necessary.

Prevent Mold Growth

The biggest areas susceptible to mold are any areas prone to humidity and stuffiness. Bathrooms, basements and crawl spaces can be hotspots for mold growth.  Make sure exhaust fans in bathrooms are working properly and being utilized if the room gets humid, such as after a shower.  Ever smell that mildew smell in your basement? Mold and mildew can increase the risk of illnesses.  Consider placing dehumidifiers in crawlspaces or basements.

 

Design tip: Consider switching up the art work in your home or change a few accessories. It can be a simple switch, such as new throw pillows or a different scented candle. You’re going to be spending more and more time inside as it begins to get colder. It can be refreshing to change your scenery inside. Select four to eight simple black frames and you can change the photos with each season. It’s like having a small personal art gallery in your home.

New Kid-Safe Products from RollEase

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RollEase, our trusted hardware provider at Horizon, has a new product that’s compliant with the recommended WCMA safety standards.

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SafetyHold2 consists of two clear anchors at the top and bottom of the window that stablizes the bead chain when mounted to the wall. Children and pets are kept safer at home without the hazardous dangling cords.

 

Decide On Window Treatments Before You Build Your New Home

 

Why wait until the last minute to decide on the perfect window treatment for your new home?

By deciding on a treatment before construction, you can focus on designing an interior for your rooms with furniture and accessories that compliment your window treatment instead of making you adjust your preference of treatment after the fact.

By measuring the windows before the house closes, you can have your windows ready and covered by the time you move in.

According to TBS Gallery, new homeowners have several choices to choose from, including “sheer curtains, layered draperies, blinds, shades and shutters.” As such, “The choice that one makes amongst these is largely dependent on the theme that one chooses for the home as a whole.”

So let Horizon help you decide on the perfect window treatment for your new home. Call us today at (212)-759-4111 or email us with any and all of your window treatment questions.

Selecting New Windows for New Developments

Windows that open outwards

We’re going to start off the new blog with ideas on selecting new windows for new home developments. Everything new!

Windows stream in light. They provide beauty and natural light to any space. However, they can allow others to see into them. They can increase your energy costs, too. As you build your home, think about your windows and the window treatments you are likely to need. When it comes to building a home, you may not think about the actual concerns that have to do with window treatments, but this is one area where focusing a bit of attention can be incredibly helpful to the homeowner. Keep in mind that most people will not think about window treatments until after they have a window to deal with, which can be very limiting. Think about things such as how the window opens, its position and even what types of window treatments you can use on those windows once they are installed. Here is more.

One of the most common problems with new developments is that windows open inward. This causes a significant problem with the window treatments. If you can imagine, if the window opens inward, this causes any window treatment to be misaligned or even damaged. The result is that the window is not fully used.

A solution to this is to have the windows open to the outside. Window treatments can then be installed in the window frame without any concern. Even those who do not want to damage the window frame will find that this open outward option is an ideal solution to their problem. Sliding windows can be another ideal alternative to work well with any window treatment.

If this is not possible, then try to leave space above the window frame itself so that window treatments can be positioned at this point. A fixed pane may also be an option. If a window opens in, then leave at least five inches of space above it so that window treatments can be installed in that space.

Thinking ahead like this allows the window’s benefit to be fully realized.