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The “Golden Key” to Fixing a Cold, Uncomfortable and Drafty Home May Not Be What You Think

Posted on 08 December 2016 | Category: General, Specials

januaryWe meet with many homeowners who have cold and drafty rooms in their house and do not know realize how to solve this issue. Many think the best solution starts with an expensive window and door replacement project. Unfortunately, many people end up spending a great deal of money on replacement windows and doors to alleviate this problem only to discover that they still have a cold and drafty house after the new windows and doors are installed. And while, it is true, that the new windows and doors on the market today are true marvels of thermal resistance, it does not mean that your home will cease to be cold and drafty after installing them. Which is just what one of our clients discovered after she had new windows installed by another contractor in her daughters bedroom. “Her room was so cold and drafty at night that we needed to find a way to keep her room comfortable,”  she related “we ended up buying top of the line replacement windows only to realize that her bedroom was still cold and drafty after the installation”.

What this homeowner did not realize is that the single biggest contributor to the cold and draftiness of her daughters bedroom was not the windows. The “Golden Key” to fixing her daughter’s cold and drafty bedroom was to be found in the attic. “No longer does an old house, or even a new house, have to be cold, drafty and difficult to heat,” says Fred Lugano in Fine Homebuilding Magazine. In “the attic are the keys to lower heating bills and a more comfortable house”

In order to better understand why all the leading experts agree that the attic is the “Golden Key” to eliminating a cold, uncomfortable and drafty house you must be aware of two basic concepts of building performance.

The first concept to know about is the stack effect, in which the warmer air inside your home is forced to rise to the uppermost portions of your house. Next, you greendream2need to understand that there exists a building envelope which is the physical separator between the interior and the exterior environments of any building. So, as the warm air in your home forcibly rises it will meet the upper envelope, or in this case, your upper ceiling area. If this envelope has been penetrated or left unsealed (can lights, bath fans, attic access panels are great examples of penetration) warm air will be forced to escape. This, in turn, produces a giant vacuum effect throughout your home which will forcibly suck the cold, outside air into your home through the weaker and more susceptible parts of your lower building envelope (like rim joists, doors and windows and anywhere else that is not properly sealed.) This giant vacuum effect — sucking cold, outside air into the home — is the cause of the drafts in your home and not your doors and windows or some other perceived phenomenon.

If you want to test this in your own home, wait for a next cold day when there is not a breath of wind outside. Next, put your hand near your doors and windows. That frigid rush of air you feel will not be a breeze from any wind outside but the force of cold, exterior air being sucked into your house by the giant vacuum effect. The best way to eliminate this and stop the drafts is to seal the penetrations in the upper building envelope of your home which will prevent the warm air from forcibly escaping and causing the giant vacuum effect in the first place.

The Golden Key to fixing a cold, uncomfortable and drafty home is to seal the unsealed penetrations in the upper building envelope and then insulate properly.

storageThe good news is that by doing these things it is estimated that you can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on your total annual energy bill). If you would like to find out why your house is cold and drafty and how to solve it, contact us — we have the thermal cameras to identify the issues and expertise to make your home warm and cozy. For just $125 for existing clients or $175 for new clients, we will provide a Cold and Draft Assessment, which includes a detailed listing of all cold and draft issues, thermal imaging and a visual assessment of the attic.

Contact us today to schedule a Cold and Draft Assessment for your home.

Dear Valentine, The Love Shack deserves $50 off!

Posted on 14 February 2016 | Category: Specials


“Dearest Valentine,
While my love for you grows every day, so does the work that needs to be done around the house.

And while you always know how to please me, please don’t forget we can save $50 this week, complete the honey-do list, perhaps get a little painting done and maybe take care of a few needed repairs.”

Get Dwell professional services has been helping homeowners stay in love since 2005. For $50 off Valentine Projects must be scheduled this week so contact us today or call 847-922-3418.

This Simple Fix for a Cold and Drafty House is #1 Return on Investment

Posted on 20 January 2016 | Category: Specials

According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value Report, attic insulation projects offer the #1 return on investment,  and average a 117% return in Chicago. Read the report here. This site compares average cost for 30 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 100 U.S. markets. Check out this year’s trends​ and how they compare to prior years.

“Most homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation and have significant air leaks. In fact, if you added up all the leaks, holes and gaps in a typical home’s envelope, it would be the equivalent of having a window open every day of the year!”   ~ Energy Star


Get Dwell has been helping homeowners become more comfortable in their homes since 2005. For a free evaluation on the comfort needs and insulation levels of your home contact our professionals today at 847-922-3418 or contact us today.


Save $100 off painting projects for the holidays

Posted on 04 November 2014 | Category: Specials

window fashionsJust in time for the holidays, Get Dwell is offering $100 off any painting project that lasts one day or longer. So, now is the time to get that powder room or kitchen looking smashingly awesome and get all those finishing touch-ups done before the holidays and guests arrive.

Big Impact Painting Projects for the Holidays:

  • The Front Door
  • Entryways
  • Powder Room / Bathrooms
  • Dining Room / Living Room
  • Guest Bedrooms
  • Trim
  • Cabinets

Call 847-922-3418 or email us for ideas or to schedule your painting project.

Nothing puts your square footage to better use than a built-in.

Posted on 19 March 2014 | Category: Specials

Whether that means a desk framed within a seldom-used closet or a bookcase tucked into a niche beside the fireplace, built-ins maximize every available inch in your floor plan. They handily transform the dead zones under stairs and below windows into functional space and help you get organized by adding new storage options without adding on to your house. You can design them to tie in with other architectural elements in the room, such as crown molding and wainscoting. Fitted with doors, they help maintain the integrity of period interiors by concealing modern amenities like computer workstations or a mini fridge in a wet bar.

Custom Built-In Bonanza

We are offering a three days of FREE estimates starting today and running through the end of the week (Wednesday 3/19 – Friday 3/21). Give us a call and we will get your custom project estimated for free.

Get up to 20% Off Window Fashions

Posted on 02 February 2014 | Category: Specials
Get Dwell offers a full range of window fashion options, the best products the industry and the highest level of service and expertise. Call us for prompt, in-home consultation service including a free measure and estimate. 
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Hunter Douglas

Horizons Window Fashions 

Conrad Woven Shades

Aspen Plantation Shutters

Aeroshade Porch Shades

Ado Sheers  

We can help transform your home one window at a time. From shutters to woven shades to wood blinds to custom draperies, all professionally installed.

$25-$30 OFF Handyman or Painting Services in January

Posted on 16 January 2014 | Category: Specials

facebook_icon$25 OFF! Get those home or business projects scheduled now or before January 31st and enjoy $25 off your total bill.

Like us on Facebook and get an additional $5 OFF your next project. Project must be scheduled by January 31. Just click the Facebook icon, hit “Like” and then give us a call.


Like us on Facebook and get $25 OFF

Posted on 16 December 2013 | Category: Specials

Like us on Facebook and get $25 OFF your next project of 2 hours or more before the end of the year.

Get those last minute projects done before your guests arrive or get that 2013 project list checked off completely!

Tomorrow is Fix-it-Friday

Posted on 12 December 2013 | Category: Events, Specials

Fix-it-Friday was started to help our clients bring new life to those useful, sentimental and hard-to-find objects that are broken or do not work quite like they used to.

Our clients have found it difficult to find the “right” people to help them fix household items like furniture, lamps and other keepsakes. Armed with years of fixing experience and the right tools our carpenters and handymen make us the perfect resource to help save and fix your household objects and give them new life. Just bring the items you want fixed by the shop at 1046 Gage St (Alley Shop) in Winnetka between 9-5:00 this Friday. We’ll let you know if they can be fixed and give you a detailed cost estimate.

Enter Tower Court at the intersection of  Tower Rd and Greenbay Rd and proceed north down the alley -or- park at Hubbard Woods Park (at the Hubbard Woods train station) and walk south 2 doors down the alley and you’ll see our sign:

Give us a call if you have questions 847-922-3418 and we’ll see you on Friday!


Get Your Mind in the Gutter.

Posted on 14 September 2013 | Category: Specials

Know your gutter options. Gutters and downspouts are made out of aluminum, vinyl, galvanized steel, stainless steel and copper, depending upon your needs. Copper is handsome, never rusts and never needs painting — but it’s also expensive. Steel and aluminum gutters, on the other hand, are moderately priced and are the types most homeowners choose. If you are unsure which gutter best suits your needs, Get Dwell can help you determine the best choice for your particular house and budget.

Free estimate for gutter and downspout repair or replacement before the fall storm season hits hard

Gutter and downspout systems handle vast amounts of water during a rainstorm and if not properly maintained, this water can flow down house walls, windows or doors and begin to flood a basement pretty quickly. A great deal of damage can be done during a single rainstorm.

Underperforming gutters and downspouts, at the very least, can contribute to paint failure, decay of the house structure and undermining the foundation. Over time, even the best gutter systems can begin to fail. Maintaining or replacing gutters and downspouts is an essential seasonal task and fall is prime time to evaluate the health and longevity of your gutters and downspouts. Give us a call today.