Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Valyn Daconto
The majority of your home’s energy is spent on heating it in the winter, and cooling it during the summer. If your home is not properly air sealed, your HVAC system could be working overtime to compensate for the lost conditioned air. Make your home more energy efficient today by sealing it up with replacement windows and doors.
It’s important to contact your local replacement window contractor when you decide that it’s time replace your home’s windows. This is because installing new replacement windows can be a pretty tough job to take on without help. It requires careful measurements to make sure the new units fit snugly inside the existing frames. A trained professional will not only know how to correctly measure and fit the windows on the first try, but will also guarantee insulated and air sealed windows. This aspect of window replacement is extremely important because if they are not properly air sealed and insulated, you could be facing the same problems that your previous windows presented.
Various types of replacement windows offer many aesthetic options for your home as well. Today, vinyl windows are the most popular because they require little to no maintenance, they never need to be painted, and will not chip, rot, or peel. Other alternatives include fiberglass, aluminum, or wood replacement windows. Modern replacement windows also have energy-efficient glass called low-e glass. It stops the flow of about 60 percent of exterior heat in the summer. Low-e glass is slightly tinted and also has a metallic coating on the inside of the glass which reduces the flow of heat. So, all around, replacement windows are a great addition to any home -- keeping it looking good AND energy efficient!
Replacement doors have some of the same benefits as replacement windows. Similarly, they require a trained contractor to perfectly fit the new door into the existing space and ensure it is correctly air sealed and insulated. Glass doors are known for allowing cold and heat to transfer through when you don’t want it to. Replacing old glass doors with high energy performance doors could make all the difference when it comes to heating and cooling your home efficiently. Replacement glass doors today are made with low-e glass which means a percentage of heat is blocked, therefore preventing heat from leaving your home in the winter and entering during the summer.
The added benefit of replacement windows and doors is that they add curb appeal and more value to your home in addition to making it more energy efficient. If you are unsure of where to start to seal up your home and are considering replacement windows or doors, contact your local home energy advisor. Dr. Energy Saver N.E. Illinois provides complete home energy audits to identify where the best upgrades will have the most impact on your home’s energy efficiency. In most cases, replacement windows are the perfect place to start, alongside air sealing. Don’t hesitate -- contact them today!