Hot And Cold: Upgrading Your Windows For Your Climate

Damaged, cracked or ill-fitting windows might seem like an annoyance at first, but from another point of view, they might just be an opportunity. The older your windows are, the more window technology has changed since they were installed. So rather than just replacing your windows with the same old thing, consider what window upgrades make the most sense for where you live. Cold Climates: Glazing A lot of heat is lost through windows when it's cold outside. [Read More]

What The Sounds From Your Boiler Are Trying To Tell Yyou

A boiler used for heating purposes serves as one of the most important appliances in your home. Just consider how chilly your home would be on a cold winter day without it, to put this matter into perspective. Given its significance, knowing how to recognize a symbol that there is an underlying problem occurring with your boiler is important. While this won't require you to put on your master technician hat, you should at least be familiar with some common sounds your boiler could make that may be signaling a problem: [Read More]

Ponding Water: The Downside Of Low-Slope Roofs

Many commercial buildings have flat or low-slope roofs, which are often easier to build and cheaper to install. But more and more homeowners are moving toward low-slope roofs as well, both for the convenience and cost, and because they offer benefits for easy installation of solar panels and other heating and cooling functionality. One issue with low-slope roofs is that water can more easily accumulate on them. Called "ponding," this standing water can destroy roofing materials and lead to growth of mold and mildew. [Read More]

Types Of Fire Sprinkler Systems

Fire sprinklers are one of those inventions that everyone takes for granted. They sit out of sight, and stay out of the way until they're needed—at which point they douse any potential inferno, saving lives and property with an incredibly-high success rate. In fact, over 99% of all indoor fires are extinguished by fire sprinkler systems alone. Due to the variety of materials and property being protected, there's a large variety of systems and methods in use to cater to various applications. [Read More]