If you live in a drafty house, you are aware of the energy being lost through your walls and windows… To save energy, you may consider replacing your windows. Yes, new windows can help you save money on your energy bill! Simple leaks can zap home energy efficiency by 5 to 30 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That means it pays to seal up gaps with caulking and weatherstripping or replacing your windows with new. As of 2009, Energy Star estimates that homeowners can save at least $27 a year by replacing windows. If you have single-pane windows, replacing them better quality windows can save you as little as $126 or as much as $465 a year, depending on the number of windows you replace and where in the United States you live.
Heat loss can happen when your doors are not sealed tightly and there is a leakage around the perimeter of them. Replacing old doors with new can dramatically reduce heat loss and result in substantial energy savings. Doors generally have a smaller impact on your energy bills than windows because there is not as many of them in your home, but depending on the condition of your entry doors, glass patio doors and garage doors, replacing them could add up to significant savings. The simple act of installing a storm door can increase energy efficiency by 45 percent by sealing drafts and reducing air flow into your home. Storm doors also offer more light and a breeze on nice nights to enter your home.
Having older or regular, inefficient patio doors can cause huge energy losses, resulting in high energy bills. Energy-efficient patio doors are a very wise investment – the energy savings will pay for the higher initial cost many times over. When replacing patio doors, look for a low emissivity (low-E) glass with a double or triple pane to reduce heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.
Take a close look at places where two different building materials meet, such as corners, around chimneys, where pipes or wires exit, and along the foundation. Insulation is one of the best ways to save energy and money at home and when SPI installs your new doors and windows, they will use the correct insulation to ensure savings. It can also make a big difference to add more insulation between walls, and make sure your attic floor and basement ceiling are well covered.
Whatever doors you decide to replace, have them installed by a competent professional to ensure that you will be getting maximum benefit for your investment. A poorly installed door that leaks air will waste energy, no matter how energy efficient the door is. SPI Enterprises, LLC has been trained in energy efficiency when replacing doors and windows!
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