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How to Extend the Life of Your Vinyl Windows

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Vinyl windows are a great investment, as long as you take the time to care of them. They don’t clean and lubricate themselves, unfortunately. To make the most of your high-end vinyl windows, you need to learn proper cleaning and maintenance techniques. Here is what you should now in order to extend the life of your new vinyl windows:

Lubrication

The guide arms, tracks, rotor gears and hinges on your vinyl windows can gradually get sticky and stiff over time. This makes them increasingly difficult to open. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to perform yearly lubrication. We recommend using a silicone release spray. It’s very important to note that you should never spray lubricants on the glass surface of your windows. Add window lubrication to your spring cleaning “to-do” list.

Cleaning

You don’t need a fancy name-brand, vinyl-specific cleaner in order to clean your windows. A solution of water and mild dish soap will do the trick. Take the solution and apply it to your windows with a soft clean cloth. This will remove most of the dirt from the vinyl surface. You don’t want to use harsh cleaners (like bleach) on your vinyl windows, as they could cause irreparable damage to the frame and glass.

Adjustments

You should inspect the locking mechanisms of your windows as part of an annual maintenance schedule. You may need to adjust the locks or keepers if they’ve become loose. For casement windows, you should remove the upper set of screws on the keeper then loosen the slide screws and adjust as needed. For sliding windows, you can use a square head screwdriver to loosen the keeper and reposition it as needed. Make sure you don’t overtighten the screws when you are done, as this can cause unsightly damage.

Insulation

Another item to add to your annual window maintenance list is caulking. We recommend you inspect the window caulk each year to ensure that there is a proper seal. A proper seal is crucial for maximizing your insulation during the cold winter months, and you’ll notice a big different to your energy usage if you fix this problem. You should make sure that weather-stripping and hardware are not painted over, as this can damage your window and void your warranty.

The best way to extend the life of your vinyl windows is to ensure you are having a qualified window installation company doing the work for you! Make sure to check reviews and past work to ensure the company you are hiring will get the job done right and set your windows up for optimal performance.

Blog Workplace Safety

How to Promote Safety on Your Work Site

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Job site safety is a serious issue that must be enforced. Job site and work site safety includes both parameters for safe and effective applications of products and services, but also safe work habits and protocol for staff to follow to avoid injury or accident.

Here are just a few ways you can promote a culture of work safety in your organization, both in the office and on site:

Educate Your Labour Force

In order to ensure safe practices on site, your staff and labour force must be educated on safe practices for their job. Depending on the roles within your organizations and the different responsibilities of your staff, so a customized training regime is key to success. Whether you are an international pipeline service and solution provider or a small-scale contracting company, a safe work site should be a top priority.

Enforce Penalties Internally

The governing ministry in your area will have their own penalties if your crew is caught not following procedure – and these are often very steep penalties. However, if your company is truly committed to creating a safe and efficiency job site, you should also have internal monitoring procedures and internal penalties for those not following proper safety protocol. For example, the first time is a warning (unless a very serious infraction), the second time you are written up, and the third time you are suspended without pay.

Reward Your Team for Safety Success

Create a culture of work site safety by rewarding your teams for continuing to exhibit and follow safe practices and procedures. This could be done by keeping a record of successful safety measures during your daily monitoring checks – once you reach 1 month of accident-free, penalty-free work, the company treats the whole team to a free lunch! This is a simple, easy way to create a great workplace culture where everyone proactively enforces a safe work environment for both themselves and the team as a whole.

The cause for creating a safe work site is one that everyone in the company has to support. The approach for a safe work site should be proactive instead of reactive. Do not wait until the ministry shuts down your work site. Develop a streamlined and strict safety policy internally and make sure that your staff understand it and enforce it. A safe job site is good for everyone and leads to a more efficient process, in the long run.

Blog Energy Efficiency

Energy-Saving Strategies for Homeowners

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Although cooler seasons brings their own set of beauty and excitement, it is also the beginning of higher gas bills. There are many ways you can keep your gas bills under control in the colder months, but it does require some attention to details. Here are 5 ways to reduce your gas bill:

Wear a sweater

Just like your mother always told you when you were growing up, if you’re cold put on a sweater. Having your thermostat set to a reasonably low temperature will save you tons of money in gas. Put on layers to keep yourself warm and you will notice a big difference in your monthly bills.

Program your thermostat to be lower at night and when you are away

We generally sleep better in cooler temperatures, so turn the thermostat down an extra few degrees at night time. Rely on blankets to keep you cozy warm while you sleep. It’s also important to remember to turn your thermostat down when you will be away from the house. There is no use paying to have a toasty warm house when you are away for the weekend.

Have your furnace cleaned and tuned-up annually

A healthy and clean furnace will always run better and more efficiently. Keep your furnace in tip top condition and it will sure to function at its top efficiency when you need it the most. It’s also important to change your furnace filter monthly to ensure the highest level of clean. Schedule furnace maintenance services in advance to make sure you are on schedule. 

Reduce hot water use

This may not be as intuitive as turning down the thermostat. It costs quite a bit of gas to constantly have your hot water tank full and ready to dispense. The faster you drain your hot water tank the more gas is required to keep it full. Be mindful of your hot water use and the replenishing won’t be as expensive.

Let sunshine in south windows

Open the curtains on any south facing windows and let the natural heat from the sun warm up your rooms. Similarly to closing these curtains in the summer to keep the house cool, the exposed windows will do a splendid job of heating their rooms if you let the sun shine in.

We all deserve to be warm and comfortable when cold weather hits, but we also deserve manageable gas bills. Find the comfortable balance that works right for you!

Blog Fuel Cells

What is a Fuel Cell?

A fuel cell produces electricity through a chemical reaction, but without combustion. It converts hydrogen and oxygen into water, and in the process also creates electricity. It’s an electro-chemical energy conversion device that produces electricity, water, and heat.

Fuel cells operates much like a battery, except they don’t require electrical recharging. A battery stores all of its chemicals inside and coverts the chemicals into electricity. Once those chemicals run out, the battery dies. A fuel cell, on the other had, receives the chemicals it uses from the outside; therefore, it won’t run out. Fuel cells can generate power almost indefinitely, as long as they have fuel to use.

The reactions that produce electricity happen at the electrodes. Every fuel cell has two electrodes, one positive, called the anode, and one negative, called the cathode. These are separated by an electrolyte barrier. Fuel goes to the anode side, while oxygen (or just air) goes to the cathode side. When both of these chemicals hit the electrolyte barrier, they react, split off their electrons, and create an electric current. A chemical catalyst speeds up the reactions here.