Door and Window Draft Problems Eliminated

Money flies out of the window if you have a door and window draft issue. You can lose almost 50% of your heating and cooling energy in a typical home. According to the American Council for the Energy Efficient Economy, some $13 billion of energy escapes from the collective drafty windows and doors of the American people.

Door and window draft problems occur when a house has settled and windows and doors no longer fit properly. Any type of gap, no matter how small, causes air infiltration. This results in drafts, which will impact the set temperature in your home.

How to fix a door and window draft? Many people use homemade blockers, which are great for keeping out the drafts. Homemade snakes and even unused blankets are often used but they are not as good as a purpose made draft blocker. For example, the material used in the most effective examples is polypropylene, which has been specially designed and tested to ensure that it blocks the flow of air. Also, the filler is important and finely ground corn has been found to be most effective. Make sure that the draft blocker is flexible so that it first well around the window and door for good effect.

To pinpoint door and window draft areas, feel the bottom of doors and around windows. You can also listen for a whistling sound, which is common around drafty windows. If you feel air leaking in, you need to take action to seal off the draft. Doors and window in older home are more likely to have problems with drafts, but there could also be concern in homes with new replacement windows if they were installed improperly.

Look everywhere for causes of the door and window draft, not just the typical first choices, the rear and front doors. Check your basement and attic doors and any sliders and in particular look at the porch and basement windows before any else.

Although door and window draft problems are year-round issues, they are most notable in the winter season when the cold air is coming in. In cold months, your home’s heating system is trying to maintain a constant temperature, but the drafts are making it a tough task. The heating system remains on constantly or may be turning itself on an off incessantly to try to compensate. A drain on your bank balance is sure to result.

Door and window drafts are most often felt in the winter, but represent a big problem in the summer too, most especially if you use air conditioning and fans. The system tries to cool the house but hot air flows in through door and windows which just makes the colling system work harder. More energy burned equals a higher dollar amount at month end.

Many are amazed to realize that a full 25% can be saved in energy costs when door and window draft areas care fixed. Draft blockers are easy to put in place. They can be installed without any fixings and can be cleaned and dried without a machine. Draft blockers are proven energy savers. Even if saturated, the draft blocker can be airdried and will maintain its shape and efficiency.

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Doorbell Fon Updates Their Metal Door Station Design

DoorBell FonHome Controls is excited to introduce the third generation of metal door stations: DoorBell Fon 3G. The new designs are sure to be attractive to existing users as well as customers new to the DoorBell Fon product line.

The appearance has changed, but the sizes remain the same; the door stations will still fit in a two-gang masonry box, a Music & Sound box, or a Nutone IR6 or IA-70 box. Some improvements include:

  • The PC board is now enclosed in a plastic housing.
  • Now includes a camera housing to fit a pinhole camera.
  • The red LED has bee removed, and the actual button lights up when it is pressed.

The great news is although DoorBell Fon has made many improvements, the current prices for the metal door stations are staying the same! Read more »

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Home Controls Expands Video Surveillance Categories

Surveillance CamerasHome Controls has expanded its selection of video surveillance products, offering a wider selection of security cameras and accessories. Watch your children play, see who is at the front door, view the side yard, monitor the pool area … all with a state-of-the-art surveillance system! It is so simple with products from Home Controls. Convenience, security and safety are what home automation is all about. Choose a category below for the latest in home security cameras, home surveillance camera systems and other video security camera products.

The new organization makes it easy for you to find the perfect camera for your project!

In addition to great camera selection, Home Controls offers all the supporting surveillance products, including DVRs, switchers, monitors and more.

If you are looking for door cameras, we’ve got that, too! Check out the Home Controls Intercoms and Other Door Answer Systems category.

If you don’t see what you are looking for here or if you need assistance putting together a customized system, then feel free to call our Technical Support Team at 1-800-266-8765 for free product advice!

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Home Controls Launches New Intercom Section

Home Controls features a wide variety of intercom systems, intercom master stations, intercom door speakers and intercom accessories by top manufacturers such as On-Q/Legrand, GE Security, DoorBell Fon, NuTone, Channel Vision, M&S Systems, Westinghouse, Leviton and more.We offer so many system that is was confusing to navigate our online catalog. So, of course, we made it easier.

  • Check out the new Home Controls Intercoms and Other Door Answer Systems Online Catalog!

Some of the best-selling systems include …

On-Q Selective Call Intercom System: Seamlessly blending leading edge technology with stunning design, Selective Call is the most advanced intercom in the industry. The system allows broadcast or room-to-room communication at the touch of a button, and enables up to three simultaneous, private conversations – the only intercom in the industry to do so. And it’s all based on efficient Cat5 wiring, just what you’d expect from the industry leader.

Channel Vision Telephone Entry System: The Channel Vision Telephone Entry System allows intercom features through your existing telephone. The easy-to-install front door intercoms allow you to talk to the visitor at the front door from any telephone in the house. Add a front door intercom with a built-in camera for a safe and secure home; speak to the person and see the person before allowing them into your home. These high-quality door stations give home communications a new high class appeal!

asas DoorBell Fon: American Communications manufactures the popular and versatile DoorBell Fon. The DoorBell Fon replaces the traditional doorbell to let you answer the door from any telephone, even cordless phones. Also open the door with one simple keystroke (requires Electronic Doorstrike). Start with one of DoorBell Fon kits, and expand your system with extra doorboxes! The DoorBell Fon connects to 2 doorboxes and allows you to flash between the 2 doors.

GE SmartCom: SmartCom from GE Security combines all the amenities you want into one robust system. Multi-room audio and intercom integrate into one system that is both attractive and easy to use. SmartCom provide integrated multi-room audio and intercom system, control of up to four audio sources distributed to up to 16 independent zones, both audio and intercom over installed room speakers, and room-to-room intercom with hands free answering.

Westinghouse Wireless Intercoms: Home Controls offers the complete line of Westinghouse Wireless Intercoms and Doorbell Intercoms. There are models for every size family and house with a variety of different feature sets, including one that’s sure to meet your needs. Whether you have to call everyone to the dinner table, monitor a napping infant, take room service requests from a sick child, see who’s at the front door, or conference with your spouse in the home office, you can do it all with Westinghouse wireless intercoms.

If you need help designing your system or can’t find the part to match your specifications, feel free to call our Technical Support Team at 1-800-266-8765 for free product advice! Great selection, great savings, and great service.

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