Is Your Money Going Out the Window?

By Dan McDonald, Ever-Green Auto Glass, Door & Window LLC

The cold winter is still fresh in our memory and preparing for next winter should start now. Heating your home accounts for about 40% of our annual energy expense.  Your windows and entry doors can cause 10 to 40% of that cost through heat loss in the winter and making your air conditioner run longer in the summer. They are exposed to our harsh climate and have moving parts that wear out. 

Inspect each door and window for drafts, worn seals, and moisture between the glass panes. Open and close your doors and windows, checking for smooth operation and a tight seal when latched. If your doors and windows require maintenance and are  15 years old, it may be time to upgrade to newer, more energy efficient options. 

New doors and windows can enhance your home's appearance while saving you money on energy costs.  The materials, designs and functions of these products all have strengths and weaknesses.   Windows are typically framed in wood, aluminum, fiberglass, and vinyl. Vinyl windows offer great performance and very low maintenance at a lower price.  Aluminum framed window performance is generally rated for warmer climates. Entry doors are normally made of wood, metal, or fiberglass. Fiberglass doors can offer five times the insulation value of wooden doors and fiberglass won’t rust or dent like metal doors do. 

 

You’ll want to ensure your new doors and windows meet ENERGY STAR®-qualifications. Energy Star-qualified doors and windows must be independently tested and certified to meet stringent performance standards. Contacting a local professional can help you simplify the shopping process and install your new products in accordance with manufactures specifications and warranty guidelines.