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29
09
2013

Replacing Old Windows with Energy-Efficient Windows


Energy Efficient WindowsWindows are a welcome addition to any home. They allow natural light to seep in and give you a beautiful view of the outdoors. Large expansive windows will give your home the illusion of extra space while smaller windows will give off the feeling of country charm.

But your energy bills can take a hit if all your windows are of poor quality. Heat can escape if there are leaky spots around the edges, or you may find cold air seeping into your home during the winter months. However, installing energy-efficient windows is one of the best investments you can make. And an upgrade like this will also increase the resale value of your property.

The first thing to do is examine the current windows in your home. You may be able to improve their energy-efficiency by making a few small adjustments. If you don’t feel like replacing entire glass panes, storm windows will often do the trick. A storm window is an additional pane that is installed on either the inside or outside of your existing window. Its main purpose is to reduce air leakage, thus cutting down on your energy bills.

You can also use caulking or weatherstripping agents to improve the energy-efficiency of your current windows. Caulking works well on small cracks and gaps along the frames. Meanwhile, weatherstripping is used to prevent leakage around moveable window components like hinges and joints.

If your windows are so worn out that minor improvements are hopeless, you may be able to save money in the long-run by simply replacing the entire set. Because energy-efficient windows can be a pricey upfront investment, start out by picking areas of your home that need an upgrade the most. Windows located in high traffic areas like the living room and master bedroom are good places to start.

All windows have an energy efficiency rating. A professional window company can go over these ratings with you to determine which model is best for your existing climate and your home’s overall design. Be mindful of which direction your energy-efficient windows face. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so you want to ensure that your home is not becoming overheated during the hot summer months. Consider window coverings for glass panes that will be exposed to direct sunlight so that your air-conditioning isn’t working overtime to keep your home cool.

When shopping around for energy-efficient windows, afford the best model you can within your price range. As mentioned earlier, air leakage is one of the biggest triggers of high energy bills. The savings will astound you, and you’ll quickly see that the investment you make in your windows today will be well worth it in the long run!

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12
09
2013

How much can you expect to save with replacement windows?


Replacing WindowsAs a homeowner, one of the single biggest expenses is our energy bills. Whether you’re heating your home or cooling it down, energy costs can rack up very quickly if you’re not careful. During the winter months, you may be able to save some money by sitting in your home with five sweaters on. But for most of us, that’s not always a practical (nor comfortable!) solution. And who wants to sit there sweating away during the summertime when temperatures are soaring well into the 30s?

A more sensible way to acquire long-term savings is to assess your home’s windows and see which ones are in need of replacement. Air leakage is the biggest indirect contributor to high energy bills. Whether it’s warm air seeping out or cold air creeping in, cracks around the window panes and their corresponding frames can be detrimental to your wallet.

Although replacement windows may require you to dish out some money upfront, the long-term savings are well worth it. Not to mention the added increase in resale value on your property when it’s time to sell.

EnergyStar estimates that households can save up to $465.00 per year by replacing single-pane windows with energy-efficient ones. But keep in mind that all windows are not made the same. Certain models consist of a thicker glass while others are equipped with sturdier frames. Meanwhile, all windows come with an energy efficiency rating that could have an impact on your future energy costs.

Although saving $465.00 per year may not seem like much to some households, consider how long these replacement windows will last long after installation is complete. Many experts say the average window is good for about another 10-15 years, barring any severe weather damage and as long as the window is cleaned properly. When you consider the cost savings over this period of time, the investment you make in replacement windows suddenly seems more attractive.

Also, keep in mind that it’s cheaper to replace multiple windows at once as opposed to just doing one here and there. Window companies are able to give you discounts on multiple purchases made at once because installation can also be performed in one shot.

Don’t be discouraged by the price of windows. Do your research and shop around for the best deals available. You’ll quickly see that high-quality windows are your best bet in protecting your family … and your wallet!

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02
09
2013

How to Prevent Drafts in Your Home


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Drafts can be a big problem for homeowners, greatly reducing their enjoyment of their homes as well as increasing energy costs by a significant amount. To prevent these pesky drafts we must first locate the likely culprits. These include any openings in the walls or ceilings such as:

  • Mail chutes;
  • Utility connections;
  • Exhaust fans; and
  • Dryer vents.

As well as any place two different building materials come together like:

  • Doors;
  • Corners;
  • Chimneys;
  • Along the foundation; and
  • Window frames.

Properly insulating your doors and windows is an easy and inexpensive project that most people can easily accomplish.

Doors

Easy-to-use and inexpensive, self-adhesive weather stripping is available at most hardware or home improvement stores. Simply follow these instructions to prevent drafts from your doors:

1. Measure the height of the doorway.

2. Cut two pieces of weather stripping to this length (1 for each side).

3. Measure the width of the door and cut a piece for the top.

4. With the door open, peel the backing off the first strip and press it along the inside of the jamb or stop moulding.

5. Repeat this procedure with each of the other two strips.

For the bottom of the door you will need a sweep. This is a vinyl or felt backed metal strip that seals the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor.

1. With the door closed, measure and cut the sweep to the width of the door.

2. Remove the door from hinges and lay flat so you have easy access to the bottom edge.

3. Screw the sweep to the bottom edge and reinstall the door.

Congratulations! Your doors should now be draft-free! Let’s move on to those windows, shall we?

Windows

Self-stick weather sealing is also available at hardware and home improvements stores. Depending on the style of your windows, the method for insulating them will be slightly different.

Casement Windows

1. Cut strips of foam to fit the top, bottom, and both sides of your window.

2. Peel off the backing of the first step and press into place between the window and the stop moulding.

3. Repeat this procedure with the other three pieces. When the window is closed, this weather sealing will prevent air leakage.

Double-Hung Windows

1. Measure and cut foam to fit the bottom of the sash.

2. Remove backing and apply so that that sash rests on the foam when the window is closed.

3. Cut 2 strips of v-channel insulation about an inch longer than the height of the side channels.

4. Open the window and work the strips between the sash and jamb on each side.

5. Cut one more strip of the v-channel insulation and apply it to the back of the sash, even with the  top, with the V facing upwards. When closed, this strip will compress to form a tight seal.

If you continue to have draft problems after performing this maintenance work, it may be time to consider some new, properly installed windows or doors!

 

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