Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. Often enough, an increase in energy use can become an overwhelming expense for most people. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to reduce these extra expenses!
Inspect windows and doors for leaks
Air leaks in your windows and doors are usually caused by poorly installed or insulated windows. Not only does this cause a discomfort in your home, it can also cause an increase in your energy bills. Because of the heat loss, your heating system will work much harder in order to make up for that deficit. In order to properly search for air leaks, you can conduct a simple test. First off, it is important to make sure that all of the windows and doors are properly shut. See if you can rattle them, since movement means possible air leaks. If you can see daylight around a door or window frame, then the door or window leaks.
Consider window replacements
A pricier but equally interesting option is replacing your current windows and/or doors. If you have the necessary budget, we strongly suggest you get to it! Here at Bonneville, we offer Energy Star approved windows and doors, made with our exclusive Vertex3 technology. This technology is the promise of superior energy efficiency, as well as superior glass clarity and superior air sealing. These are all elements that can definitely help reduce those extra energy costs.
Well maintained windows and doors will definitely contribute to their efficiency and longevity. Dirt, grime and debris can definitely cause gaps in your windows and doors and ware them down. Therefore, it is important to take the time to properly clean all of the glass surfaces with the proper tools (stay away from chemicals or abrasive fabrics).
We hope our house and home tips will help you reduce your energy costs! If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you!