If you’re anything like the average homeowner, then chances are you don’t think about this on a regular basis, but… modern homes are constructed with energy efficiency in mind.
What does this mean? Well, they are built very “tightly” so that they do not allow any air conditioning or heating out, or any outdoor elements in. Many factors help with this, such as the right insulation, weatherstripping, and keeping your doors and windows shut while your HVAC systems are in operation.
However, keeping your doors and windows closed won’t do that much good if they need to be upgraded. Drafty doors and windows losing their seal could cause your home to lose a lot of energy, leading you to turn the thermostat lower or higher than it needs to be (depending on the season). Read on as we uncover a couple of reasons to consider window or door upgrades.
How Do You Know If You Need a Window or Door Upgrade?
There are a few ways to tell. The signs you can watch out for include increased energy bills with no other explanation, weathering furniture due to outside elements getting in (including UV rays!), or windows and doors you can’t shut all the way or at least stick a bit when doing so.
If you are unsure whether your home will benefit from this kind of upgrade, we first encourage you to read this blog post, and then give our team a call when you’re ready for this service!
Reason #1: Save Energy
Much of the energy wasted by any given household over the course of a year is related to inefficient home comfort systems. But the reason many of these home comfort systems are inefficient is because conditioned air is able to leak out of the home.
The more spaces available in your home for air to leak out, the longer it will take your air conditioner or heater to get to the temperature you set on your thermostat, and the longer your climate control systems will run.
One of the more opportunistic areas for air to leak out is through older and low-quality doors and windows. These are quite often big threats to your home’s insulation. It makes it harder to keep that area comfy during extreme weather conditions. The best thing you can do is call our team for new door and window installation.
Reason #2: Aesthetics
Have you ever considered what the “curb appeal” of your home is like? If you ever plan to sell it, this is definitely something to think about. There are a number of practical reasons to upgrade your doors and windows, and this is one of them. If you have any windows or entry doors in your living space that just aren’t that appealing to look at, it’s time to consider an upgrade!
Perhaps you have windows that are cracked or warped. Maybe you have doors with splitting wood and chipped paint. It’s definitely worth considering replacing them with new ones. This is especially true if you’re planning to remodel your home anyway—it’s a great addition to your remodeling project.