5 Home Hacks to save money for tax season

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 3.18.27 PMSo it’s tax season, and whether you’re expecting a refund or arranging to make payments, it’s a great idea to look for ways to cut expenses and save a few bucks in the upkeep of your home.  There are actually a number of ways to save just by making simple improvements around the house!  Here are five of the most cost effective:

  • Replace Your Air Filter.  To avoid higher energy bills, replace your air filters annually. Letting furnace air filters become clogged with dust and dirt can make it difficult for air to travel correctly, hence costing you more money to heat your home.  
  • Seal those heating ducts.  Poorly sealed connections can actually cost homes up to 20% of their heat!  Sealing up that heating ductwork can help spare a lot of shivers down the road and keep more money in your pocket.
  • “Low Flow” water fixtures.  “Low flow” is the way to go.  They’re relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and can cut your water consumption nearly in half, lowering your water bills and reducing water waste overall.  
  • Use Weather stripping.  Air can seep in and out during hot and cold weather, driving your energy bills up exponentially.  Weather stripping is a temporary remedy in preventing unwanted loss of cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.

Give Danmer a call at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation to see if the right window coverings can actually pay for themselves in reduce home energy bills, or visit us at www.danmer.com .

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5 Ways to Avoid Heartbreak in Your Home

vertiglideWhen it comes to your kids, safety is all-important. So did you know that selecting the wrong window coverings can be lethal to infants and young children? Blinds and shades with cords have been responsible for over 500 child strangulations in the last decade alone. Here are a few critical things to know:

  1. Over five million window coverings have been recalled in recent years. Make sure to do your homework before ordering ANY window coverings in your home where children are present.
  1. Horizontal blinds with cords are most responsible for child deaths and injuries. Shutters are the safest window coverings since there are no cords.
  1. Strangulation and injury caused by unsecured cords and loops can happen quickly and silently in any room.
  1. The Good News: There are ways to make window coverings safer for children, including retractable lift cords, cord tensioners, wand controls, and cordless or motorized operating systems. Of course, buying window coverings that have no cords at all, such as shutters, is the safest choice.
  1. Danmer offers FREE Upgrades making your blinds and shades Kid-Safe and Cordless.

Danmer makes child safety a top priority. Our Window Covering Experts are here to assist you 24 hours a day in choosing family-safe Blinds, Shades and Shutters for every room in your home. Visit us at www.danmer.com or call us at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation.

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No Cookie-Cutter Window Coverings

unspecifiedDon’t ever settle for “cookie-cutter” stock items when it comes to Shutters, or any window coverings, for that matter. That can be a recipe for disaster! Danmer Shutters are custom made by expert craftsmen for your home specifications right in our own facility here in the U.S.A.

When you order window coverings from Danmer, our friendly and experienced Window Covering Specialists are dedicated to making sure that your experience is fun and relaxing, never stressful.

During your free in-home consultation, we’ll bring the show room to you! Danmer’s representative will show you all of the available options so you can select just the right window coverings for your home.  Your Danmer representative will help you with all you need ton know such as colors, styles, light control, energy efficiency, and cost. No Cookie-cutter approach from Danmer. That’s the Danmer Difference!  

Danmer will then deliver and install your shutters with the fastest turnaround time in the industry! We can do this because we make your Shutters right here in our own factory to your specifications. The results are elegant custom shutters that are safe, energy efficient, easy to clean, and guaranteed to increase the value of your home.

 For over 30 years, Danmer has been committed to designing and building the finest shutters in the world, while treating every customer like they are friends and family.  Give us a call at (800) 684-3434 to learn what Danmer can do for you.

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5 Dining Room Designs To Choose From

Your dining room is that special space where you break bread with friends and loved ones. Of course, it must provide functionality and comfort, but it’s just as important that is presents a welcoming appearance and a personal touch. Dining rooms come in all shapes, sizes, and decors, but the most important feature is the one that represents your family’s personality.  Here are a few of the most popular designs to successfully combine those qualities:

Contemporary Dining Rooms:  Modern dining rooms of the 21st century have many common elements: A rectangular table that’s typically dark in complexion with perhaps unusually-shaped, neutral colored chairs. This isn’t your grandmother’s dining room!  The dining table often seats 6 or more people and is typically arranged near large windows or adjacent to a wall adorned with striking or colorful modern art. Custom Shutters are well suited for the windows in Contemporary dining areas.

Simple Dining Rooms:  Often bathed in browns and golds, the simple approach may vary in shape, such as squares, circles, and small rectangles tables.  4 to 6 traditionally designed chairs are arranged around the tables, and set near large windows and/or walls with complimentary artwork.

Country Dining Rooms:   Unlike their Simple and Contemporary cousins, Country dining rooms are less about tables and more about the surrounding decor.  Tables and matching chairs of all shapes and sizes can fit this theme, but the more traditional and rustic the better!  Surrounding decor will vary, but often includes China cabinets, paintings, and a more ostentatious design scheme than the others.  Nearby windows tend to be an important part of the motif, adorned with colorfully solid or patterned curtains, to complete the room.

Eclectic Dining Rooms:   An Eclectic dining room may look like madness on the surface, but rest assured, there is a method to the madness!  Here, chairs may not match (in color or design), and the colors and shades that can be used are limitless.  If done properly, this dining room will never seem cluttered and no color or object will ever feel out of place.  To lend some continuity to the overall presentation, the dining tables and chairs are typically arranged near windows and various works of art.

Round Table Dining Rooms:   Often centered and symmetrical, the round table can seat anywhere from 4 to 10+ people depending on the diameter of the table.  One advantage is that you can have an odd number of chairs without ever looking “lopsided,” and best of all, you can combine elements from any of the other dining room styles to make the round centerpiece flourish!

As most of these designs rely on the placement and size of nearby windows, it’s important to control the amount of light that will illuminate your dining area — too much can be unpleasant and too little can ruin the natural ambiance that sunlight or moonlight can create.  Larger windows work best with Plantation Shutters, which eliminate these concerns, and add a sleek aesthetic element to an already visually pleasing room.  Contact Danmer at (800) 684-3434 to schedule your free in-home consultation.

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Winter Solstice and South Facing Windows

cafe-shuttersSo as of last week, the Earth shifted into winter solstice mode. This causes the Earth’s northern hemisphere (where we in the U.S. live) to receive less sunlight each day until next spring.  This is because the sun rises from south of due east, and sets south of due west, giving us only a 38 degree arc of sunlight –– significantly less than the luminous 86 degree arc we enjoy in the summer. It only sounds complicated, but we all feel this effect every day whether we acknowledge it or not.

As the sun (and temperature) drops, the winter chill can set in rather quickly, especially in areas with colder climates.  One possible remedy for this is to let daylight into your home through south-facing windows to absorb heat in the morning and afternoon, but there is one drawback: exposing windows completely leaves your home vulnerable to too much heat, lack of privacy, and potentially bad window glare as well.

The good news is that there’s no reason for windows to be fully exposed.  Danmer’s Plantation Shutters provide an optimal view and are designed to give you maximum control over incoming sunlight and heat.  In fact, the right Plantation Shutter can lower your home energy bills by up to 35% while maintaining privacy, and adding style and elegance to any room in your home.  Give us a call at (800) 684-3434 to schedule your free in-home consultation, or visit us online at www.danmer.com.

 

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Winter is here!

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.49.09 AMHave you prepared your home for falling temperatures?

Failing to properly insulate your home at this time of year every year can be painful. Cold can seep in to your home, making it very uncomfortable and expensive. In the long run, by blasting extra heat from your furnace or heating elements, you’re bound to spend an arm and a leg in increased energy bills.

One solution to these problems is relatively easy. Use properly designed and installed window coverings and you’ll keep the heat from escaping your home while preventing unwanted drafts from sneaking in.

Did you know that right window covering will actually pay for themselves in reduced home energy costs? Danmer’s Thermalite™ Shutters Insulating System can reduce your energy costs by up to 35% while keeping your home warmer in the Winter and cooler in the Summer.

Just think: all the money you save on energy bills by upgrading to reliable, insulating shutters can be put towards a great vacation when spring and summer months roll back around again!

Contact Danmer by phone, email, or live chat soon to take advantage of our Buy One, Get One 50% off Holiday Savings Event! www.danmer.com

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Save Daylight and Money!

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 10.22.50 AMNow that your clocks are all turned back for daylight savings time, are you ready for the colder weather and the shorter days that fall weather inevitably brings? There’s actually less light and heat retention in your home when the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer.

Did you know that with the right window coverings you can actually make the most of what little light there is available?  Plantation shutters, for example, offer maximum versatility, allowing significant control over the amount of light – and heat – that enters or leaves your home.  Danmer’s Thermalite and UltraLuxe Shutters have a patented Insulating System built right into them that help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The bottom line is that the right window treatments can actually pay for themselves by lowering your utility bills by up to 35%, turning daylight savings time into energy savings time!  Click here to learn more about how Danmer can help you make the most of your savings.   

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Advice for Your Kitchen Makeover

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 11.14.33 AMSeeing your kitchen windows with brand new shutters for the first time can be a revelation! Who knew the kitchen could take on such a sophisticated look? Well, this is what happens when you invest the right amount of time and energy into your home improvement projects. In the midst of all the excitement to get your renovation done, however, many homeowners overlook one crucial detail that can significantly extend the life span of their new window coverings: the choice of materials for your shutters or blinds.

Your kitchen shutters, for example, must be able to withstand exposure to moisture from the sink , from cooking and from the dishwasher. Choosing shutters for your kitchen – or even a bathroom for that matter – that are made from solid hardwood may not be a wise choice. Over time, wood is guaranteed to warp, chip, peal and even discolor from the effects of water and moisture.

How to avoid this costly mistake? Make sure you get design help from a Window Covering Design Specialist through a FREE in-home consultation right at the beginning of your renovation project. Make sure your selections are a good balance of beauty and function. Chances are you’ll avoid premature wear and tear of your window coverings in the long run.

So EXACTLY what material should you choose for areas of your home that often contain higher amounts of heat and moisture? The answer is a synthetic material for shutters or blinds are your best choice. Genuine Thermalite shutters from Danmer are water resistant, flame retardant, and guaranteed to never crack peel or discolor, making them a perfect fit for kitchens and bathrooms. If you’re looking for a natural wood grain look, select a water resistant faux wood option that will bring elegance to your room, while holding up well in moisture and humidity.

Need more information? Give us a call at (800) 684-3434, or schedule your consultation online at danmer.com

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Shutters through the Ages

Bathroom shuttersDid you know that window shutters are more than 500 years old? When shutters first appeared, they often took the place of window glass, which was rare and very expensive at the time, and exclusively covered the bottom half of the open window area. These early incarnations could be folded inside to allow light and air to enter, or barricaded from within as a safety measure when closed.

As window glass became more common in the 1700s, builders were prompted to “double hang” windows, similar to the Federation style windows we utilize today. With these modern advancements, shutters were redesigned to cover the entire height of the windows, but the shutters were still installed within the home due to the thick stones and masonry that buildings of that period were constructed from.

Over a century later, timber and other materials were used to produce thinner walls, allowing inhabitants to fully reach out from their windows. This ushered in a trend of shutters installed on the home’s exterior, and were used for vanity every bit as much as they were for protection against the elements. As time passed, the shutters’ evolution included shutter blades, which were angled slats that acted as a filter against rain and incoming sunlight.

The image of the shutter continued to become a popular staple in the 1960s, as many homes exhibited them as a feature of their home’s facade. These shutters, however, were not intended for functionality, but were instead included as a design choice for aesthetic appeal.

Shutters continued to make their way around the world and evolved throughout the 1980s.   After becoming inspired by the shutters used in the breezeways of American cotton plantations, an Australian husband and wife began experimenting with different materials and methods to create their own version of the plantation shutter.

About a decade later, as experiments were conducted across the globe, an affordable variant of shutters were fashioned from PVC and helped grow the demand for stylish window treatments. This new version opened the door for technological advancements, both in manufacturing and installation.

Today, shutters can be purchased in many varieties and materials, and are able to be hinged inside or out. Though they began as something of a luxury item and can still carry a moderate price tag, there are many affordable options available to suit the needs of homeowners everywhere. The modern day shutter carries the basic function of its ancestor, while incorporating a timeless elegance that its predecessors have always intended. At this rate, the window shutter will never go out of style.

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Help Rebuild America’s Economy

image001The United States is facing economic disaster on a scale few nations have ever experienced. We no longer produce what we need to sustain ourselves, we import much more than we export, and we are selling off our assets and taking on massive debts to sustain a standard of living we can no longer afford.

Danmer Custom Shutters are made and assembled right here in the USA. We know that investing in your home is an investment in rebuilding America. Help rebuild our economy with Danmer’s American made shutters.

So, you think all shutters are the same? Here are a few reasons WE believe out shutters standout amongst the rest!

1.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters will never peel, crack or warp. These American made shutters will last you 10-15 years or longer. We are proud of our products long-term durability.

2.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters are water resistant, which is ideal for bathroom and kitchen areas.

3.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters  are fire retardant for safety.  Most people rarely give a fleeting thought to the issue until faced with a serious threat to life and/or property. Don’t let that be you!  

4.) Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters are environmentally safe and are made out of 100% non-toxic materials and finishes. They also insulate up to 3 times more than wood!

5.) Our warranty is so unique, it’s transferable to the next homeowner!

So, what’s stopping you? When it comes to rebuilding your home, think of Danmer Custom Shutters and help rebuild Americas economy. Take advantage of our FREE in-home design consultation, FREE delivery, and FREE installation by factory-trained installers. We won’t let you down.

 

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