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Reducing Your Energy Cost

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

doorsIn the fight to save energy, most people target the usual suspects: phantom power drain from appliances, improperly set thermostats, etc. But what about your windows and doors? These portals to the outside world can sometimes be massive energy leaks, allowing warm air outside and cold air in.

When you next insulate your home, be on the lookout for a few telling signs.

1. Drafts around the windows and doors.
If you can feel outside air flowing in around the windows and doors, then you can be sure your thermostat is working harder to keep the house at a steady temperature. Use caulk or insulation to seal the cracks and prevent air from leaking outside. Your home will not only be more comfortable, but your power bill will be lower.

2. Condensation build up.
If you have multiple windowpanes, keep an eye out for a sort of cloudiness to them. This is the result of condensation buildup between the two windows, and is a sign that you should replace the window itself; if working properly, the window would keep the moisture out.

3. Cracks in the windows.
If your windows are cracked, or the panes inside the door are cracked, you should have them replaced as quickly as possible. Temperature fluctuations can make this damage worse, in some cases leading to sudden shattering of the glass and posing a risk to anyone nearby.

4. Damage to the frame.
If the window or door frame is damaged, you may need to replace the entire structure to prevent air from leaking out. If you’re uncertain of how to do this, contact a professional contractor for assistance in repairing your home.

By addressing these issues before they worsen, you can keep your home and family comfortable during the cooler months. On the other hand, you may want to look into green doors and windows. This type of technology is designed specifically to allow the most amount of light into the home while maintaining a constant, comfortable temperature. The doors and windows are constructed of ‘green’ material, allowing you to make an environmentally friendly decision that will help you save money over time. Click here to learn more.