You’ve bought a house you like. It passed inspection, you got a good deal comparative to the appraised value, the floor layout works well for you and your family, lighting is great, and you’ve even taken the time to get it decorated according to your tastes with furniture and artwork. Unless you’re a contractor yourself, you probably haven’t thought about other aspects of the home. Consider how windows and siding affect the home’s value whether you intend to resell it in the future or would like to lower your bills in the present.
You can reduce your power bills with modern appliances and fixtures, you may even think a new heating and air conditioning unit will reduce your bills, and you would be right. More importantly, however, is the efficiency with which your home uses the HVAC system. Insulation is the key to this concept. Adding insulation in your walls, ceiling and floor is probably too large of a project to reasonably consider, as is re-insulating your attic or basement, unless such projects are absolutely necessary. A more reasonable approach is to consider where drafts are coming from and what you can do to stop them.
Additional Insulation Provided by Siding
Although siding is cosmetic and adds beauty to your home, it is much more and adds a structural element to your house. In addition to becoming worn and ugly, old siding doesn’t always perform its actual job of providing a first layer of insulation against the weather. Particularly if you live in an area that has extreme weather conditions, you may want to consider new siding as an insulated wall system that helps seal your home, keeping warm (or cool) air inside while the outdoor weather remains outdoors.
Windows: Notorious Weak Spots
Older windows are known weak spots in your home’s insulation. As the house settles over time, windows can become a touch out of square, level and plumb. This breaks the internal seals and allows for drafts to form. The problem may result in noticeable problems in the function of the windows as they become hard to open or close, or in a worst case scenario you may feel a noticeable breeze around an edge of the window. In other cases, it may not be as noticeable yet there is still a passage of air between inside and out of the house causing your heating bills to rise. An additional advantage is when you have beautiful new windows that function properly you’ll be more likely to open them on temperate days rather than running your heat or air conditioning as needed to make your home comfortable, and the fresh air along with the light provided will make your days brighter.
Consider what new windows and siding can do. Talk to a professional contractor who specializes in windows, doors and siding to see how you can increase the efficiency of your home with lower power bills.
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