Changes in seasons will often cause homeowners to pour more money into their electric bills. Heating expenses rise, while changes in sunset times create a heavier reliance on electricity for lighting. However, as a homeowner, there are a few things you can do today that can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars down the line on your energy bills.
When it comes to the overall performance of your windows and doors, it is vital to understand their efficiency, which means understanding how to read performance labels. Performance labels are applied to a window or door at the point of manufacture, and they indicate the results of individual tests. These tests indicate the efficiency of a product, and these ratings are some of the most important factors when it comes to replacing windows and doors. Performance ratings grade efficiencies like U-Factor, VT, and Air Leakage, all of which impact monthly energy bills and living standards. These ratings are best used when compared to ENERGY STAR's map for ideal ratings based on different geographic regions.
Without proper care and attention, energy bills in the wintertime can grossly exceed what we actually have to spend to keep our homes comfortable. The sheer variety of ways that energy efficiency can be leached from a home is one of the greatest problems facing the diligent owner. Improperly sealed windows, old siding, inadequate insulation in the walls -- there is, unfortunately, a plethora of little escape routes and crannies for the heat to leave and the cold to work its way in. In this article we’ll talk about some of these routes, and go over some practical ways to address them.
Siding is the protective material attached to the side of a home that protects against wind, rain, snow and debris. It also has a major impact on quality of insulation, and total energy efficiency of a home. However, siding is one of the most consistently overlooked aspects of a home when it comes time to budget for renovations. Siding may wear down, grow old, or even become a liability for home energy efficiency over time. As such, make sure to consistently evaluate your siding for signs that it may be time to replace it. Below is a list of some of the most common signs that it’s time to have a local siding company come take a look.
When we think of home improvement projects, siding replacement may not be the first project that comes to mind. Siding is an element of your house that typically blends in, becomes an indistinguishable part of the whole. This is precisely why it’s so important not to take it for granted - a simple investment in this forgotten -yet essential- fixture does more for a homeowner than you may think.
The material you select for your home’s siding affects more than just the visual aesthetics of your home. Siding provides layered protection to the exterior of a house or a building. Think of it as the first line of defense, shielding against elements such as weather, winds, and UV rays. Siding is also responsible for maintaining a consistent and comfortable environment on the inside of your home.