How a Garage Door Functions?

garage door tips chicagoThe garage door is the most important part of your garage and yet the most neglected. While operating the door is as easy as pressing a button, its machinery is much complicated. So, how a garage door functions? What are important machine parts and what role do they play in the door’s operation? Below we have detailed a few facts about garage door machinery to answer your questions. Read more

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Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

Winterize Your Home With These Tips : Is Your Home Ready For Winter? home ready for winter

With an average temperature of 22 degrees in the winter, Chicago and its surrounding cities are used to the cold weather. But is your home ready for winter? The City of Chicago recommends many precautions and preparedness tips, none more so than making sure your home is winterized.

Low temperatures

These low temperatures can not only affect you while outside, but can cost you hundreds of dollars in heating bills if your home is not properly maintained. Some preparations include replacing your insulation in walls, attics, garages and basements, caulking doors and windows, and installing storm windows or at least covering the windows in thick plastic. You should also take steps to prevent burst pipes, such as wrapping them with heat tape (make sure they’re UL approved) or insulating the pipes as well.

You should also prepare to be isolated in your home in case of a severe winter storm by stocking up on canned goods, water, and first aid supplies. We have compiled a list to make sure you and your home ready for winter:

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Global Warming Signs

Global Warming and the Energy Crisis: Is Your Country Part of the Problem?global warming

 

With over 7 billion people on the planet today, energy solutions are becoming more and more sparse. While there are those who believe global warming to be a hoax, research and studies show that the planet is rapidly changing, and it is not due to a natural shift in poles. Since 1870, global sea levels have risen by about 8 inches, caused by the melting Arctic icecaps, as well as thermal expansion of the oceans (water expands as it warms).

Other signs of global warming

Other signs of global warming include the fact that the Arctic Ocean is rapidly becoming more acidic thanks to changes in the global carbon cycle and carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere by humans. The Arctic is particularly vulnerable to increasing carbon dioxide emissions, as CO2 is absorbed into cold water more easily. Even if all carbon dioxide emissions stopped immediately, it would take tens of thousands of years for the Arctic to return to the acidification levels that prevailed before the dawn of the Industrial Revolution some 250 years ago.

So who is causing all this damage to the atmosphere?

So who is causing all this damage to the atmosphere? The answers may shock you. While it is common knowledge that the U.S. is one of the main manufacturers of carbon dioxide pollution, there are other countries with less population that contribute to the destruction of the planet: Read more

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Clopay Introduces Color Blast Custom Paint Program

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Clopay, a leading garage door manufacturer, has recently released its Color Blast program for residential and commercial consumers. With over 1,800 colors to choose from, you can now customize steel garage doors from their Avante, Gallery, and Classic residential door lines, as well as all commercial steel overhead doors. Matching window frames are offered with every residential garage door, and with so many colors available, there will definitely be something for everyone.

The process

The Color Blast process uses Sherwin Williams Solar Reflective Polane® paint, a professional grade, two-part polyurethane based “cool paint” that provides a durable, high-quality finish and lowers surface temperatures to reduce the damaging effects of high heat that can occur on steel doors. The paint also contains a hardener for extra protection. The color is guaranteed for 5 years, and also meets Florida’s 5 year exposure law. The paint system exceeded over 3,000 hours of salt spray and humidity testing before being introduced to customers to give you the peace of mind knowing the paint will not chip, fade, or rust. Read more

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Chamberlain MyQ to Integrate with Nest and Wink Home Automation Systems

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Chamberlain has recently announced that its MyQ smartphone control, which allows users to control your garage door and your house lights using your smartphone, will now pair with Nest through the Nest Developer Program. The Nest thermostat control is a popular new item which allows you to set your thermostat from your phone, tablet, or computer, and gives the user the ability to turn the thermostat on and off whenever you are on your way home or leaving the house.

Modes

With the “Home” and “Away” modes, the thermostat will turn on and off depending on the closing or opening of the door. These nifty devices give the user not only control over the thermostat, they also guarantee the safety of your home while away. Read more

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