Drafts + Energy Loss – Hy-Bar Windows and Doors helps you save money and the environment.
Heating and cooling your home can be the biggest contributor to your monthly utility bills. If your windows and doors are not properly sealed, there can be significant leakage of air both in and out of your home.
Leaking air causes temperature changes that make your heating and cooling systems work harder than they need to just to keep your home comfortable for you. This is hard on your wallet and the environment.
Sealing these leaks is one of the best energy investments you can make. In fact, most home energy experts say that weatherstripping will pay for itself in energy savings in less than one season.
FACT: A 1/4 inch gap under a 36 inch door is equivalent to a 9 square inch hole in the wall!
HyBar is committed to energy efficiency in your home. Our company supplies materials for ENERGY STAR qualified products.
ENERGY STAR estimates that homeowners can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by sealing and insulating.
Bugs, Spiders and Other Pests — Weatherstripping is essential to winning the war on pests.
Mother Nature's little creatures are always on the lookout for food and protection from the elements and your home is a prime target. Although some of these pests are helpful to our environment, and others are merely annoying, many can spread disease or cause millions of dollars in damage.
Unfortunately one of the most common ways for pests to get into your home is right through the door. Porch and patio lights can attract insects which in turn attract spiders that use the other bugs as a food source. As these spiders expand their search for food, they walk right under your front door and into the house.
Screen doors that don't properly fit in their frames are also primary entry points for everything from flies and wasps to ants and silverfish. Even bigger pests such as mice and chipmunks are notorious for getting in under garage doors. In dry climates like the Southwestern United States, scorpions will use small gaps in the frame around windows and doors to get in.
The best defense against any of these pests is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. By using Hy-Bar weatherstripping around doors and windows you can keep the outside - out.
Noise + Rattle Prevention — The Science of Sound
Whether it's the sounds of traffic from a busy street or just the sounds of life like a flushing toilet or the TV, unwanted noise can wreak havoc on your family.
Sound is generated when an object vibrates. This can be a stereo speaker, your vocal cords, or a massive air horn on a train engine. The vibrating object creates sound waves in the air much like a stone creates ripple waves when thrown in a pond. These waves travel through the air to our ears and we hear them.
So any place air can move, so can sound and by reducing air movement, you can reduce sound. For instance in order to prevent noise from travelling through the space under an interior door or around a window you can apply weatherstripping to the frame to make a better seal and minimize air movement.
What was that?
Deep loud noises cause loose windows and doors to rattle in their frames. Applying Hy-Bar weatherstripping will ensure everything fits snug and doesn't cause that startling sound.
FACT: Street traffic noise from in your house can register as loud as 85 db. That's louder than a piano being played in the same room!
Dirt, Dust + Mildew — The Ugly Truth
A dirty, mildew covered window frame isn't just gross to look at but can cause real health concerns including sneezing, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, headache and fatigue.
Though every home needs proper ventilation, cracks or gaps in window or patio door frames can let in too much cold air in the winter and too much moisture in the summer. These gaps also let wind borne dirt work its way into your home and provide the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.
Cleaning can provide some protection against mildew but virtually all construction materials and household furnishings can support the growth of mildew. The best defense is to prevent moisture by sealing windows and doors.
FACT: Mildew isn't just a winter problem. Mold can also grow where "conditioned" cold air blows against the interior side of a window or door.