June 2017 (87)
Jim Goes Ductless

It was time to replace the old AC system at Jim's and after consulting with the experts at Advent Air he decided to go with a Carrier ductless system. And he is thrilled with the results!
This ultra-efficient, ultra-quiet system was a perfect fit for his needs and he now has the perfect spaces to relax after working in the hot Texas sun.

He took several videos to allow THI listeners a behind-the-scenes look at:

  Need help from Jim with something happening at your house? Send him an email...
Energy Efficient Windows

Quite a bit of your home’s energy efficiency is tied into your windows.

Improving the Energy Efficiency of Existing Windows
You can improve the energy efficiency of existing windows by caulking and weather stripping, and using window treatments or coverings.
A few hours and a few dollars can help keep out the summer heat. Follow these links to DIY guide for adding weather stripping and caulking your existing windows:

Replacing Existing Windows
If your home has old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than to try to improve their energy efficiency. New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.

When selecting windows for energy efficiency, it's important to first consider their  energy performance ratings  in relation to your climate and your home's design. A window's energy efficiency is dependent upon all of its components.  Window frames  conduct heat, contributing to a window's overall energy efficiency, particularly its  U-factor . Glazing or glass technologies have become very sophisticated.  Low-E glass ideally works to reflect the ultraviolet rays, reject infrared and keep your home cooler in a warmer climate. The Low-E coating reflects heat back to its source so it helps your home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The coating won't scratch off because it is applied to the inside of the glass. It also helps protects against UV fading of any nearby furniture.

Argon gas is injected between the panes of glass to help prevent warm air from penetrating in the summer. Argon, a viscous, slow-moving gas, allows for less convection than would ordinary air, minimizing convective currents within the window and reducing the transfer of heat across the window.

Even the most energy-efficient window must be properly installed to ensure energy efficiency. Therefore, it's best to have a professional install your windows.

Jim had America’s Choice Windows install his double-hung windows. If you give them a call, (888) 701-0872, be sure to ask for everyone’s favorite Windowologist , Tra Martin.

Your Questions -- Jim's Answers
Restricted Hot Water Flow
Dwight's cold water is flowing fine, but the hot is down to a trickle. Jim talks through the likely cause and how it clear it.

What if it Rains During Roof Installation?
If it storms when you are having a new roof installed will the roof leak? And will there be problems down the line, like mold or rot?
   It Ain't Going To Fix Itself Tour - next stop ...
June 24-25
Houston Home & Garden Show
NRG Center

Live Broadcast Sat. June 24th Noon-4:00
Find Jim in Booth #122

Website       The Show       Ask Jim       THI Events       Contact Us
Thanks for listeningJim Dutton