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.
As winter descends on the Northern Hemisphere, homeowners search for ways to keep their living spaces warmer, while managing reasonable energy efficiency and utility bills. Some may not realize how important windows are to keeping the heat in through a frigid Minnesota winter.
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.
10 Signs That You Need to Replace Old Windows
If you know what to look for, it doesn’t take a professional to know when you’re due for an update. When diagnosing if it’s time for home window replacement be watchful for these ten indicators.