Have you recently purchased an older house? If so, then there’s a good chance you’re planning to have it renovated. Since you want to create an energy efficient home, there are a variety of projects that can be handled by your contractor. These include everything from energy efficient windows and doors to skylights and more.
Did your new home’s prior owners update the windows, for example? Since windows usually have a lifespan of about 20 years, it may be time to have them replaced. If you’ve noticed any windows that have been sealed or painted shut, this could be the sign of a failing window. A more obvious sign, of course, is when the windows allow in drafts. Have you noticed that condensation, frost, and ice collect on the panes? This is also an indicator that the windows may need to be replaced.
When windows, skylights, and glazed doors leak or are otherwise inefficient, this can make an impact on your overall energy bills. The United States Department of Energy reported that these situations can account for over 25% of your average energy bills. When you purchase energy efficient windows, however, you will usually be able to reduce your energy costs by up to 15%. In combination with taking other measures, you may be able to reduce your energy bills even more.
If you’re unfamiliar with all of the benefits of energy efficient windows, they tend to have the following characteristics:
- Double-paned insulated glass
- Heat-resistant coatings
- Airtight frames
- Energy Star ratings
Another benefit of having insulated or double-paned windows installed is that external noise can be reduced. If your home is located in a busy neighborhood, these may prove to be just the right types of windows for you. This is because these windows have one-fourth of an inch to one inch of air, or argon, between the panes. When you choose wider spaces between the panes along with a thicker glass, this can reduce external noise even more.
Are you planning to have your contractor create a few more windows to bring in additional light? What about adding a skylight or two? They are actually able to provide 30% more than vertical windows even when they’re the same size. While the kitchen is a popular location for a skylight, many people enjoy having them in their bedrooms, sun rooms, and other areas of the house.
When you discuss these and other renovations with your contractor, they may also recommend new siding and energy-efficient doors. Once these and your other projects are completed, you will have a significantly more energy-efficient home. As soon as the weather warms up, you can focus on landscaping to further increase your curb appeal.