The decision to update your home with high-performance Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows is not a decision most people make on the spur of the moment. Investing in home improvement products to boost your home’s comfort, energy efficiency and real estate value often means a significant spend, one that will impact your comfort, health and asset portfolio for many years. It makes sense to learn from others’ experiences and avoid common mistakes whenever possible. This Renewal by Andersen of Long Island article lists three common errors homeowners make when they decide to update their home. Continue reading 3 Common Replacement Window Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
Here at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we’ve previously discussed the health benefits of updating home windows in your Long Island home, such as lifting your mood and keeping your indoor environment more comfortable. Today, we’ll discuss a couple of ways bad windows can contribute to sick house syndrome (SHS). Continue reading Is Your Long Island Home’s Windows Making You Sick?
September is Healthy Aging Month in the United States. While this site normally focuses on the advantages of updating your Long Island home with modern replacement windows and patio doors, this Renewal by Andersen page is all about helping senior family members live more vibrant, independent lives.
5 Tips to Promote Healthy Aging In Place
#1 Visit a Senior Center. Throughout September, many community senior citizen centers on Long Island host workshops and live events to help seniors prepare for aging in place. Contact your local senior citizens center or regional advocate for a list of local events to learn more.
#2 Attend a Fall Prevention Seminar. Attend at least one fall prevention health fair. At the event, speak to geriatric specialists about home updates that reduce fall incidents. As we age, replacing carpeting with walker-friendly, slip-resistant tile is often a better choice. Installing modern replacement windows that open effortlessly for ventilation and enable easy exit during emergencies can reduce stress and effort as we age. Some people even opt to lower counters and cabinets to enable more easy access from a wheelchair or stool. Reducing excessive reaching for cooking or hygiene supplies can increase independence for aging Long Islanders.
#3 See Your Doctor. Talk to your medical providers about fall prevention screenings. Your medical doctor may recommend gait and balance testing, as well as a consultation with a physical therapist for help developing an exercise program designed specifically to improve older adults’ strength, flexibility and balance.
- September is also a great month to visit your optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam because poor vision may cause tripping or stumbling.
- Visit your regular pharmacy for a medication review. Medication contraindications can sometimes cause dizziness or woozy feelings that precipitate a fall.
#4 Make a Financial Plan. Financial planning – which is critical for everyone and especially seniors – includes exploring ways to save money on utility bills, insurance, medical costs, auto expenses and nutritious food. Look for local businesses that offer senior discounts. Many senior advocacy groups make referrals to utility company partners who can help consumers locate a home-energy auditor. A quick call to your insurance carrier(s) may reveal extra discounts you aren’t aware of – and it never hurts to call around and see if a competitor is willing to offer a lower rate. The savings can add up quickly.
#5 Check Your Windows. If your home windows have outlived their usefulness, schedule an in-home consultation with a replacement window specialist. Poorly performing home windows literally drain your wallet by allowing conditioned air to exit your home through cracks and gaps in windows. Sealing these energy wasters can save you a bundle on your utility bills. Also consider changing windows to enable safe egress for seniors in an emergency.
The following links may help you draft a personal plan for successful aging in the Long Island area.
Suffolk County Aging Office: Access nutritional support, seminars on financial planning, exercise advice, health screening information and other resources for seniors and care-givers.
Nassau County Aging Office: Learn about long-term care referrals, nutritional counseling and food support, health and wellness tips, connections to local resources and more.
CDC Long Island: Explore low interest home improvement loans for income-eligible homeowners, veterans and disabled persons. Approved loan applicants may use funds for improving accessibility for aging and disabled family members.
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Successfully planning for a safe, secure future starts with understanding how our needs change over time. This month, take time to learn about ways to make your home safer, more energy-efficient and easier to keep clean and well-maintained. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island can help. Just fill in the short form on this page or dial 1-877-313-9052 to learn more about replacement window styles that make aging in place easier and safer for the whole family.
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Choosing replacement window styles that complement your Long Island home’s architecture doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. Whether you want to modernize your home while still maintaining its original character or you’d like to add some visual interest to your property, the following Renewal by Andersen of Long Island tips will help you decide which styles and accessories are best for your property.
Designing Windows for Long Island Homes: Frame Material, Not Style, Lays the Foundation
High-quality replacement windows should work with existing structural components of your home to create an impenetrable barrier system that protects your home from the elements. Managing rainwater and wind-driven water is essential. Durability starts with long-lasting materials that stand up against whatever Mother Nature has to offer. Wood, copper, clay, stone and performance composites, like Fibrex, all come together to wrap your home in an air-, vapor- and moisture barrier. Continue reading 3 Tips to Choose the Right Window Style for Your Long Island Home
To window grille, or not to grille, that is often the question for Long Island homeowners who want to update their existing home windows with modern replacement windows. Of course, we are talking about adding decorative grilles to your window units, and not referring to grilling steak for a family gathering, but this is a great time to do both! Late summer, before the first crisp days of fall arrive, is the perfect time to schedule a replacement window project.
Decorative Replacement Window Grille Benefits
Personal preferences and architectural style are the two most common drivers behind the decision to add grilles to replacement windows. Window grilles don’t negatively or positively impact energy efficiency or maintenance schedules. If you choose a window grille layout that includes removable interiors, you will need to remove the grilles before routine cleanings, otherwise, all maintenance and upkeep are the same with or without the optional feature. So, the best way to decide which grilles, if any, are best for your Long Island home is to think about your visual goals. Continue reading Which Replacement Window Grille is Best for My Long Island Home?