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Energy Efficient Tips for Saving Money & Staying Cool in Northern Virginia All Summer

- by to Summer Tips.

But summer’s almost over… Nope, not quite.

The kids are going back to school, and Labor Day is just around the corner, but northern Virginia is in for another full month of summer heat. And as these dog days linger, it’s important to stay cool (and to keep energy bills low) in your home.

Consider the following tips for saving energy and money:

1. Program your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home, and push it as high as 85 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re not home. Do those numbers seem too high? A ceiling fan can cool a room by as much as four degrees, and uses far less energy than a central air conditioning unit. Also, Low E replacement windows insulated with argon gas will keep all of that cool air from escaping from your home while blocking the sun’s heat.

2. Install window coverings to prevent heat from seeping in through your windows. Learn more about the new technology offered by Vinyl-Lite Window Factory, like Fin Seal fiberglass weather seals, or their exclusive Thermal Mirror glass with triple the energy efficiency compared to the competition.

3. Hire an experienced HVAC servicer to tune up your air conditioner annually. It’s also advisable to clean or replace filters at regular intervals for more efficient operation. New energy efficient windows will reduce your HVAC workload and will also extend the life of your unit.

4. Minimize indoor heat by only running the dryer and dishwasher at night on the hottest days. Let your dishes air dry, and wash your clothes on the ‘cold’ setting. Avoid heat-generating lighting, and consider grilling outdoors.

5. Set your water heater to 120ºF, and no higher.

6. If possible, do not use extra freezers or refrigerators. These outdoor (or in-the-garage) units must work harder to keep food and beverages cold on hot summer days.

7. Unplug appliances and electronics. All home electronics should be plugged into power strips when possible, and turned off or unplugged when not in use.

8. Do you have a pool? Consider slowly reducing pool filtration time by 30-minute increments daily. As long as the water appears clean, keep reducing; soon you’ll find that you may only need to run your pool filter six hours a day; your energy bill will thank you.

9. Install energy efficient windows in your northern Virginia home.

New, energy efficient windows require an investment, but trust us when we say that they’ll eventually pay for themselves — thanks to lower heating and cooling costs. Really, the best decision is to hire Vinyl-Lite, northern Virginia’s window factory and showroom since 1978, to help you design, select, and install new energy efficient windows in your home.

Entrance Door Replacement | Northern VA

A Buyer’s Guide for Entrance Door Replacement in Northern Virginia

- by to Door Replacement & Door Maintenance.

Whether by choice or by necessity, you’ve made the decision to replace the entrance door on your home. The options are many, and you’re just not at all sure where to start, so you’ve asked:

“How do I know which entry door is right for me?”

The process to select a replacement entry door in northern Virginia can be complicated and, sometimes, confusing, but as the Honest Window (& Door) Company, we created this buyer’s guide designed to make it all a little easier.

Consider entry door style.

Exterior doors are available on the market in a wide variety of designs and styles to match any home, and any taste. The discerning homeowner might choose a basic entry door made of steel, or a tough, compression-molded fiberglass door designed to mimic hand-carved wood.

Consider entry door construction material.

The replacement entrance doors manufactured and sold by Vinyl Lite are constructed of fiberglass or steel, and/or with a polyurethane foam core, each of which has its own benefits and advantages:

  • A fiberglass entry door offers the look and feel of genuine wood without all the maintenance. In fact, fiberglass doors are designed to weather the demands of any climate.
  • For the most economical option, choose a steel door. These entry doors offer strength and durability at a low price point. Steel doors from Vinyl-Lite Window Factory are treated to be entirely rust-resistant.
  • Entrance doors that feature a polyurethane foam core offer additional sound-resistance and superior insulation value that worked to reduce heating and cooling energy needs.

Consider entry door features.

When choosing a replacement entry door in northern Virginia, there are a number of features to consider:

  • Security: Rest assured, all of the doors sold and installed by Vinyl-Lite Window Factory meet superior safety standards, no matter the building material. Our entrance doors feature stainless steel tongue construction and 3-point locking structure for greater security and stability.
  • Glass: Vinyl-Lite is the Honest Window Company; we know glass. If you want full-view glass panels, ¾-view glass panels, half-, or even just ¼-glass panels, there’s an entry door on the market, ready to adorn and service your home.
  • Swing: Choose an inswing (I/S) entry door, or an outswing (O/S) entry door, depending on your preferences or the construction of your home.
  • Hinges: Left-side hinges or right-side hinges generally depend on the swing of the door, where outswing doors feature hinges on the left and inswing doors feature hinges on the right.

Choosing a replacement entrance door in northern Virginia doesn’t have to be confusing or stressful. Call the experts at Vinyl-Lite Window Factory.

We’re standing by to answer your entrance door replacement questions.

Give us a call, at (703) 879-1426.