The average U.S. home loses 30%-50% of its heating and cooling energy due to air leaks around windows and doors and drafts penetrating the siding. Over time, even the highest quality home materials will show signs of wear and tear. A comprehensive evaluation from a trained window and door installation specialist will reveal critical areas in your home where air and moisture are getting in, and your money is leaking out.
Drafty Window Frames
As home ages, the framework slightly shifts. The movement is so minute that it can take years to happen. Homeowners have no clue that this is occurring, so they never give it another thought. How many windows are in your home? If there are 1-2 windows in every room that are allowing tiny pockets of air to sift through, you can imagine the amount of air that is flowing throughout the interior.
By upgrading your windows to energy-efficient windows, you reduce your annual energy costs up to 15 percent. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average home utility bill in 2015 was $114 per month. So if we do the math, that's an annual total of $1368. You're losing a little over $200/year. If you include increased HVAC repair costs, the number gets significantly higher. But according to Energy Star's study, window replacement can put $465 back in your pocket annually.
Doors Lose Their Seal
The amount of insulation a door provides is in direct correlation with the condition of both the door and the frame. A tiny opening or break in the seal allow jet streams to run through the house that can suck more heating and air out then windows. Door installation solves this dilemma. A thick door with industry grade steel is your best bet. The U.S. Department of Energy puts it this way,
"The R-values how much air gets through the door) of most steel entry doors range from R-5 to R-6, not including the effects of a window. For example, a 1-1/2 inch (3.81 cm) thick door without a window offers more than five times the insulating value of a solid wood door of the same size."
Five times the insulating value equals five times the savings. If you're not replacing your old doors or replacing them with cheap doors, you're wasting your time.
Old Siding Equals No Home Protection
Leaky doors and windows pale in comparison to holes and cracks in siding. Whereas windows have targeted areas for air to penetrate, siding surrounds your entire home. If you have fiberglass insulation in your walls, air has no problem get through the entire wall membrane. This may solve the mystery of why your home stays cold in the winter although you have the heater turned up to 75 degrees.
Siding Replacement can give significantly improve the overall quality of your home both outside and inside. Siding does more than save you money (which is good). Siding can protect your home's framework, drywall, and insulation, thus give your home longer life.
If you want to know more about how door, window, and siding replacement can save you hundreds of dollars on energy costs and home maintenance, then contact Window World MN today. Our trained and certified specialists can replace your old windows and with brand new energy-efficient products. We also offer siding replacement. We are simply the best for less.
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