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Minneapolis Window Glass Company Reports Nationwide Heat Wave is Causing an Increase in Foggy Home Windows

Minneapolis, Minnesota (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

Some headlines this summer includes: Washington D.C setting a record with 138 hours above 80 degrees, Heat Wave puts the electrical grid to the test and Nationwide Heat Wave brings record breaking oppressive humidity. Even in Minneapolis Minnesota which is typically referred to as the Nation’s Icebox, it was hotter than in central Florida. It was so hot in many areas of the Twin Cities; it actually caused the roadways to buckle.

In the Midwest where there are large temperature extremes throughout the year, homes are usually built with insulated glass windows or sometimes referred to as thermal pane windows or double pane windows. The components that make up these types of Window Glass typically include glass panes, aluminum spacer, desiccant and the seal that holds it all together as one integral unit.

These windows have an air space or inert glass such as Argon between the two panes of glass. Because of the space between the panes, it creates an insulating effect which can be measured as an R-factor, just as putting fiberglass insulation in your walls and ceilings would do. These types of insulated windows will keep a home or business cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter by reducing the amount of temperature transference between the inside and the outside of the building.

Due to the unusually hot summer, we are seeing a lot more Home Window Pane Replacements, says Rick Rosar, owner of Rapid Glass. If you cant wipe off the moisture from the inside or outside of your window, you probably have a seal failure and the window will have to be replaced. Rick explains, Many customers ask if we can replace just one piece of glass in a foggy or broken window, but unfortunately, this is not economical as manufacturing a new unit is cheaper than cutting apart a damaged unit. Once a unit has been leaking for a period of time, the water will etch permanent marks on the inside of the glass.

The desiccant that is inside the window spacer is placed there to compensate for condensation that may be present due to temperature fluctuations, and normally works just fine. Due to many years of large temperature swings from subzero to scorching heat, as well as being bombarded by the suns rays, these seals will usually fail over time. Once the outer seal fails, the desiccant inside the spacer can no longer keep up, and additional moisture enters the unit. As a result of the seal failure, you have the appearance of a foggy window or moisture between the glass.

For 25 years, Rapid Glass has been one of Minnesotas premier Home Window Repair and Replacement Specialists. We provide Quality Same Day Service for most of your Auto, Home and Business Glass needs. Our Customer Service representatives are friendly, knowledgeable and can assist the customer with virtually any question they may have.

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As Obama states control our energy future*, NRG Expert publishes a series of market research reports to help companies understand how to do just that

US, America (PRWEB UK) 4 February 2013

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>> Fuel reserves

Americans understand that with only 2% of the worlds oil reserves, we cannot simply drill our way to lower gas prices. Obama quoted on Real Clear Politics*. One of Obama’s key aims is to decrease dependency on foreign oil. He states The US consume 20% of world oil but only have 2% of oil reserves. **

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>> Natural gas

The Diamond Black Online*** states that the debate on fracking continues. On one side, environmentalists are attempting to permanently ban fracking until more studies can be done, while others are seeking to expedite the process by which it would be permitted. While it is true natural gas produces fewer carbon emissions than other fossil fuels, it can still cause water pollution and industrial water waste. To understand the technology and full environmental impact of fracking, and really get to the bottom of this debate, review NRG Expert’s Reports on Natural Gas and Shale Gas.

>> Renewable energy

The President asks everyone to tell their elected officials to fight for a clean energy future****. Early in his second inaugural address, President Obama reminded us that climate change still exists, despite having largely been swept aside by more pressing matters, like the economy. While economic issues are top of everyones mind, he asks that the nation looks for ways to produce greener, renewable energy. For in depth research on the Renewables Industry, NRG Expert have produced a collection of reports including in depth research on solar energy, hydro power, biomass and more. For more information review NRG Experts Renewable Energy Market Research Reports

>> Wind energy

In an attempt to help power the state with green, renewable energy, Gov. Martin OMalley has led an effort to establish a large wind farm off the coast of Ocean City. While the Gazette***** reports that ‘Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal to establish an offshore wind farm might be poised to breeze through the General Assembly this year, but it will be at least five years before any turbines are constructed’. NRG Expert have completed an analysis of the global wind energy market. To understand this topic more thoroughly review their Global Wind Energy Report.

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*Real Clear Politics 10 March 2012

**CNN 21 Jan 13,,

** CNN 23 Feb 12

***Diamond Black 13 Jan 13,

****The White House Weekly Address 3 March 12

*****Gazette 25 Jan 13

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New Fuel Efficient Engines Shake Up Consumer Reports Sporty Compact Suv Ratings

YONKERS, NY (PRWEB) July 24, 2012

While the BMW X3 and redesigned Acura RDX have moved up in Consumer Reports Ratings of upscale compact sporty SUVs, both vehicles earned a top spot by changing their powertrains in different directions.

The X3 has been powered by a six-cylinder base engine since its inception in 2004, but BMW opted to go smaller for 2013. It replaced the previous 3.0-liter inline six with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new engine ekes out 1 mpg better overall fuel economy (23 mpg) than the old one. The turbo four is not as refined as the six, but it delivers the same 240 hp and comparable acceleration. Precision handling and a taut ride make the X3 drive like the best sporty sedans. Add to that a quiet and plush interior, and the X3 scores at the top of CRs Ratings.

By contrast, Acura dumped the RDXs rough and thirsty turbocharged four-cylinder engine in favor of a more refined 273-hp, 3.5-liter V6. The larger engine not only performs better but also contributes to a respectable fuel economy of 22 mpg overall. The sweet sounding V6 feels smooth and responsive, delivering effortless acceleration.

The RDX had been a weak spot in the otherwise competent Acura lineup; the previous version wasnt refined and had a stiff ride. But the engine upgrade, along with a roomier, user-friendly cabin and an improved ride, helps it score near the top of its category, said David Champion, Sr. Director of Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.

Another good choice is the Audi Q5 which features enjoyable handling and a well-trimmed interior. Consumer Reports originally tested it with the uplevel 3.2-liter V6 but now tested it with its base engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that averaged a good 21 mpg overall on premium fuel. Shifting is very smooth from the responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. Optional for 2013, is a potent 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that replaces the 3.2-liter V6, with a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel and hybrid expected later.

The full report and road test results on Consumer Reports latest tests are available on on July 24th and in the September issue of Consumer Reports on newsstands July 5. Updated daily, is the go-to Website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information. Check out CRs ongoing Twitter feed at @CRCars.

Rounding out Consumer Reports foursome is the Cadillac SRX, which dropped its overtaxed 3.0-liter V6 and optional 2.8-liter turbo V6 for a larger 3.6-liter V6 that gets 18 mpg overall. Despite a power increase and impressive acceleration track times, the heavy SRX still feels sluggish in everyday driving. The interior is plush but driver visibility is problematic. Overall the Cadillac scored a respectable 72 in Consumer Reports Ratings, dropping a point because its revised suspension tuning hurt its emergency handling performance.

The RDX and the Q5 are Recommended because reliability is predicted to be average or above. The X3 four-cylinder is too new for Consumer Reports to predict reliability, and the SRX has shown below-average reliability.

Consumer Reports also tested two other turbocharged four-cylinder SUVs for this report: the Kia Sportage SX and the Ford Edge SEL. The Sportage gained a turbocharger to boost power; the Edge is another SUV that downsized from a V6 to a turbo four to save fuel.