5 Ways to Maintain Warm Temperatures in Your Home this Winter
Each winter season homeowners throughout the Delaware Valley dread having to turn their heater on, because they know that is followed by a high energy bill! Chances are you won’t get away with not having to use your heater this winter, but there are things you can do to keep it from running all day and night.
1. Quality, Energy Efficient Windows
Does your home feel drafty? Is it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature without your heater constantly running? Chances are your home is outfitted with old windows that are not sufficiently sealed. Homeowners have so much to gain from investing in energy efficient windows, especially in the Delaware Valley. Brutally hot summers and frigid winters result in a serious demand for temperature control in homes year round. Energy Efficient windows are designed to keep the heat out in the summer and the heat in during winter months. Investing in new, energy efficient windows will pay for itself in no time…just compare your energy bills from years before!
2. Insulated Siding
Replacing your windows is an excellent way to improve the energy efficiency of your home, but when paired with insulated siding you will see even more savings. Insulated siding provides a barrier around your entire home, dramatically reducing the thermal bridging effect (heat transfer). Insulated siding has proven to increase air tightness by 11%, and provide energy savings at an average of 5.5% annually. Insulated Siding is available in a variety of colors and textures, designed to not only protect your home but provide noticeable curb appeal.
3. Energy Efficient Door Systems
Old doors or door systems that are not properly sealed and/or installed can really cost you. Air leakage is one of the top contributors to energy inefficiency in a home. Is your door airtight? Many new door systems are more energy efficient, some even Energy Star rated. They are designed to seal completely, and keep air from drafting into the home. The material the door is made of can also have a large impact on its energy performance. Many are now assembled with a foam core to provide better insulation. In addition to having an energy efficient, airtight door, consider installing a storm door if you don’t already have one for additional insulation.
4. Attic Insulation
This is one of the most obvious ways to keep your home warm this winter, but often the most overlooked. It is estimated that up to 2/3 of homes across the United States are not properly insulated. Homeowners should be educated on what type of insulation is used in their attic, and how often it should be replaced. Replacing old attic insulation can reduce your energy bills as much as 20%!
5. Roof Repair/Replacement
Heat-loss can be accounted for throughout your home, but 15% can be directly related to your attic and roofing. Roofing that is out-dated or not properly maintained will result in even higher heat-loss rates, and make it harder to maintain a warm temperature in your home without the heat constantly running. Proper ventilation is also key when considering the condition of your roof. If the structure is not properly ventilated, moisture will become trapped inside the roofing materials resulting in mold and rot. Do you have concerns about the condition of your roof? Have you not had it maintenance or re-insulated in some time? Contact us to schedule a free roof assessment.
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