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INSULATE FOR WARMTH AND SAVINGS

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Fall is here and winter is coming. Don't you want to reap the benefits of creating a well-insulated home?

Proper home insulation will save you money because it helps conserve energy. But according to Linda Adams, marketing manager for Sears Home Improvements by American Remodeling Inc., insulating a home also increases its value, while eliminating maintenance hassles.American Remodeling, a Dallas-based company, is an exclusive Sears contractor. Adams, who works in the West Valley City office, said the 14-year-old company is the largest home improvement company in the United States, with 70 branch offices. It specializes in vinyl-frame windows, vinyl replacement windows and cabinet refacing. American Remodeling also provides vinyl siding "in every color of the rainbow," Adams added.

Thrifty homeowners can examine siding samples and various window models at American's booth at the 17th Annual Deseret News Home Improvement, Remodeling & Decorating Show at the Salt Palace Center, Oct. 13-15. The company is one of an estimated 250 exhibitors.

To guard against energy waste and large utility bills this season and every season, Adams recommended vinyl siding and vinyl replacement windows as the easiest and cheapest solutions.

"Once you install them, you will never have to do it again. It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing," Adams said. "They make your home totally maintenance free, and there's a lifetime warranty on the windows, just like on Craftsman tools."

Whereas traditional aluminum- and steel-frame windows conduct heat and cold, vinyl isolates the opposing airstreams. "Ninety percent of heat loss occurs through the frame," Adams said.

Vinyl frame windows are growing in popularity, Adams said. A more high-tech version of the windows, with argon-filled double-panes, for extra insulation is available, as is a tinted version for south- and west-facing windows.

In its vinyl siding, American uses three-fourths-inch Dow Chemical insulation for an air-tight seal, water transference and to repel insects. Adams said the company can do siding on any type of home frame, including brick and stucco, the benefit being you'll "never have to paint your home again."

"Now's the time to do it," Adams said. "Come by the home show and see us for a free estimate."