Windows are the eyes to a house's soul – if your windows are big and beautiful so too is your home, but they can also include a range of challenges as well. With sub par windows, you can look forward to a drafty home with high heating bills. Similarly, there are also moisture issues – for example, if you don't seal the space between your double panes securely enough, you will get a build up of condensation. Having lived in old houses and having helped choose the windows for new houses, I'm familiar with a range of challenges associated with windows. If you want tips and ideas, you've come to the right spot. Please, explore and enjoy.
If you're tired of paying astronomical energy bills each month, it's time to increase the energy efficiency of your home. If your home isn't energy efficient, your energy bills will just keep going up each month. Luckily, you don't need to keep wasting money on ever-increasing energy bills. You can take matters into your own hands and take steps to make your home more energy efficient. Maximum energy efficiency involves some home improvement projects. Here are four of them to help get you started.
Close Off Those Old Doors
If your doors are cracked or warped, no matter how tightly you think you close it, your home is never going to be energy efficient. That's because a cracked, warped door will allow air to escape from your home. Not only that, but the air from outside is going to find it's way in. The best way to solve that problem is by getting rid of those old doors and installing new ones. Don't forget to include new weatherstripping when you install your new doors.
Open Up to New Windows
Like your doors, old windows can allow your inside air to escape, too. However, outdated windows go one step further. Outdated windows also absorb the outside air, allowing it to find its way into your home. That means no matter how hard you try, your home will not be as energy efficient as it should be. You can actually feel the outside air being absorbed into the glass. All you need to do is stand next to your windows. During the summer, you'll feel hot air radiating from the glass. During the winter, you'll feel a blast of cold air; even when the windows are closed. Solve that problem by having your windows replaced. There are also new types of windows that offer added insulation and energy efficiency, so ask a window installation expert about these options when you get your windows replaced.
Seal Up the Drafty Spots
When it comes to energy efficiency, you may have a few inconspicuous places that are causing your energy bills to skyrocket. If your windows aren't caulked properly, or you don't have fresh weatherstripping around your doors, you could be losing energy through those spots. You could also be losing it through your electrical outlets. You can lower your heating and cooling bills by sealing up those drafty spots.
Top It Off With Fresh Insulation
You may think that you have adequate insulation in your attic, and you might have when it was first installed. However, as insulation ages it begins to shrink and settle, leaving you with virtually no insulative protection in your attic. You can revive your insulative protection by adding a new layer of insulation.Share
6 December 2017