Yankee Home Improvement - September 2018



The chilly weather is enough to make you shudder as you reach for your jacket this fall — but your energy bill should not have the same effect. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows can have a 10–25 percent impact on your energy bill. Whether that impact is positive or negative is up to you and the maintenance of your windows. Replacing outdated windows with new, energy efficient models can help keep the heat inside your home this winter, keeping your energy bill lower as a result. The coating and style of each window can directly impact the amount of heat or cold air that is let in and out of your home. Homeowners in colder, northeastern climates should select windows with specialty coatings that prevent heat loss, the Department of Energy suggests. Proper sealing along the edges of the frames and the corners of the windows can also keep heat inside your home. Tight-fitting windows will trap the warm air inside and keep the cold air outside,

while old, misshapen, or damaged windows will do the opposite.

The Veridis 1800 Series we use at Yankee Home Improvement has a .01 air infiltration rate, ranking best in the industry for keeping the air you pay for inside your home. This year, instead of turning to plastic window wraps or temporary foam sealers from the hardware store, consider replacing your inefficient windows with a lifetime solution. In addition to new (and stylish) windows, updating the siding and roofing on your home can also seal up cracks that may be costing you more money. When combined, each improvement adds up to more savings on your energy bill. Throughout the months of September and October, Yankee Home is offering 50% off the installation of 4 or more windows. Call (413) 320-4994 to schedule a free estimate.

Want to take your grilled cheese game to the next level? This recipe calls for cheese both inside and outside the sandwich, adding a crispy crunch to the grilled cheese experience. It’s a quick, delicious weekday dinner option the whole family will love. Inside-Out Grilled Ham and Cheese


8 slices of bread (Pullman works best)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano)

8 ounces ham, thinly sliced

1/2 pound Swiss cheese, sliced

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup apricot preserves


1. Butter each slice of bread on the outsides and sprinkle with Parmesan. 2. Layer ham and cheese evenly on top of 4 slices of bread. 3. Spread apricot preserves and mustard across the other 4 slices. Press sandwiches together. 4. In a cast-iron skillet or large sauté pan over medium heat, grill sandwiches until golden, about 3 minutes per side. 5. Cut in half and serve.

Inspired by Food & Wine magazine

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