When you think about everything that goes into making your home as comfortable and healthy as possible, not to mention energy-efficient, how often do you think about your windows and doors?
The thing is, homes today are built tightly, disallowing any conditioned air to escape. Many different factors contribute to this, like the right level and type of insulation, proper weatherstripping, and keeping your windows and doors shut while you run your HVAC systems.
But, what if those windows and doors are in bad shape? Do they not close all the way? Are they old? Drafty windows and doors losing their seal can cost your home a lot of its air-conditioned or heated air. No matter the season, you may be adjusting your thermostat way more than you need to, and therefore using your HVAC systems inefficiently.
Upgrading Your Windows or Doors
So, how do you know if you need a window or door upgrade, anyway? There are signs you can watch for, like increase energy bills with no explanation, weathering/faded furniture, or windows that won’t shut all the way and doors that seem to stick a bit when you try to open or close them.
If you’re still not sure, the best thing you can do is call in our professionals so we can assess your needs. In the meantime, consider these fantastic benefits of upgrading your windows and doors.
Most of the energy that any home wastes over the course of a year is related to climate control and home comfort system issues. The more areas you have in your home for air to escape from, the longer it will take to get your indoor temperature at a level you’re comfortable with, and the longer your HVAC systems will run.
One of the most common spots for this air leakage to occur is through low-quality or aging windows. These are often big threats to insulation—making it difficult to keep that area comfortable during extreme weather. The best thing you can do to remedy this is to have new windows installed.
Improve Aesthetic Appeal
Have you ever considered how you can increase the “curb appeal” of your home if you decide to sell it in the future? This is one of the many advantages of installing a new set of windows or doors. If you have any windows or doors in your living space that just aren’t that pretty to look at, you might want to consider an upgrade.
Perhaps your home has windows that are cracked, warped, or just otherwise not contributing anything to the overall look of your home. If so, it’s never a bad idea to consider replacing them with new ones. This is especially true if you plan to have your home remodeled anyway—windows and doors are a great addition to your remodeling project.
Improve Sound Insulation
Have you ever experienced problems with the noise level in your neighborhood? Maybe it’s airplanes flying overhead or loud conversations from your neighbors from the sidewalk outside. A window upgrade can serve you well!
Replacing your aging, single-paned windows with upgraded double-paned alternatives can go a long way towards cutting down on the amount of noise that flows through your living space.