Windows and doors are some of your home’s most vulnerable aspects. Not only must they be secure, but they must also be insulated.
There are several factors to determine the effectivity of your windows and doors. There are many ways your windows and doors can let you down. For example, the materials could be lesser quality, or incorrectly installed. These can make your home drafty, and waste a significant amount of energy to heat and cool your home.
Heating and Cooling Efficiency
When your windows and doors aren’t installed properly, trying to regulate the temperature can feel like pouring money down the drain.
Windows and doors allow some degree of light and heat to pass through. Replacing poorly insulated windows can be an investment that pays for itself! Your heating and cooling costs may take a sharp decline.
High-quality windows certified by the U.S. government’s ENERGY STAR program are treated in a special way. They restrict the type of light that passes through, as well as keeping the outside temperature from affecting the environment inside your home. ENERGY STAR doors must also meet stringent energy-efficiency requirements in their design and materials.
Drafts and Humidity
When windows and doors are not securely placed, or have gaps and cracks from improper sealing, it can be a battle to control the humidity in your home during the warm months. You might even have a mold problem. Also, insects may find easier passage into your home.
Most importantly, when air comes through cracks it can have a huge impact on your heating and cooling system’s effectiveness. Eliminating these leaks can do wonders for your utility bills.
According to the Department of Energy, you can find drafts in your home in a number of ways. For example, lighting an incense stick and walking through your home. If the smoke moves, then there is a draft!
Another method involves walking around your home at night with a flashlight. Shine the flashlight in places you suspect there to be drafts. Someone inside can tell you if they saw the light shine through. You might be surprised at what you find!
Realizing that poorly insulated windows and doors are costing you extra money can be frustrating. The good news is that manufacturers are getting better at designing sophisticated windows and doors that look great and do their job well.
Learn more about the ENERGY STAR replacement windows and doors that Zephyr Thomas has to offer. You are also welcome to call our office or stop by during business hours to speak with our friendly and knowledgeable staff about your options.