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5 Ways to Lower Your Cooling Costs

The simplest way to lower your air conditioning bills is by finding ways to keep your home naturally cooler. Photo: ACME Sunshades Enterprise, Inc. (2017)

A central air conditioner can be priceless on a hot summer day, but the cost of running it certainly isn’t. While having a well-maintained, energy-efficient system will help keep your cooling bills in check, another smart step is finding ways to keep your home naturally cooler, which reduces the need to run your system in the first place. Here are five measures to consider:

1. Install a whole house fan. On summer mornings and evenings, it’s not unusual for the temperature outside the home to be cooler than on the inside. In this instance, running the air conditioner can feel like a waste of energy. If only there was a way to get that cool outdoor air into the home… Continue reading “5 Ways to Lower Your Cooling Costs” »

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Is a Sunshade Right for Your Needs?

Guest post by Jennifer Filzen, Marketing Representative at Acme Sunshades Enterprise Inc, a Diamond Certified company.

Let’s say you own a restaurant and want to create an outdoor dining space for your customers. You can have any type of pergola, sunshade or awning built for you, but there are several things to consider before making a final decision.

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Acme Sunshades installed this motorized retractable conservatory awning on a rooftop in San Francisco. Photo: Acme Sunshades Enterprise Inc., 2016

Is your outdoor area surrounded by lots of trees? Too many trees could blow a heavy pile of leaves on top of your sunshade and cause it to collapse. If you want an outdoor area with a sunshade, you should consider a retractable shade that you can move out of the way in the event of rain or wind. Continue reading “Is a Sunshade Right for Your Needs?” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Window Covering Tips

An often-overlooked aspect of window installation is choosing new window coverings. Photo: Creative Window Fashions (2016)

An often-overlooked aspect of window installation is choosing new window coverings. Photo: Creative Window Fashions (2016)

Even if you put a lot of effort into selecting your windows, you might overlook an important related aspect: how the windows will be covered. Not everyone realizes that window coverings comprise an entire industry, with a wide variety of styles from which to choose. To help you navigate this extensive field, we’ve asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to weigh in with their window covering tips. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Window Covering Tips” »

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