As we mentioned in Part 1 of this article series, most homeowners are already aware that they need new doors or windows, but they keep finding reasons to put off replacing them. There are a lot of myths out there about window and door replacement, and it can be hard to know which products are the right ones. One of the biggest reasons that people don’t replace doors and windows when they should is that they’re not sure whether the energy savings that they see will be sufficient to justify the cost of the project. So let’s put that to rest right now.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that upgrade to Energy Star certified windows save up to 20 million BTUs of energy per year. To put that in terms that are easier to understand, installing modern Energy Star certified windows can lower household utility bills by anywhere from 7-20%. Most experts in the field estimate that energy efficient windows and doors will pay for themselves within about 7 years from energy savings alone.
One of the things that you have to take into consideration when thinking about replacing your doors and windows, though, is that you’re looking at a bigger return on your investment than just your energy savings. New windows and doors increase the value of your home, add to its beauty and functionality, and just make it a more pleasant place to live. Plus, the benefits of energy efficiency don’t end at your pocketbook. Energy efficient windows and doors shrink your house’s carbon footprint, and help reduce greenhouse emissions from power plants.
While replacement windows are one of the first things most homeowners think of when considering energy efficiency, new doors are an important part of an energy-saving home remodel. If you don’t think your door has a major impact on the temperature of your house, try standing next to it the next time the temperature dips below zero. Modern doors can provide superior insulating properties, and also help keep your family secure with improved construction. Plus, the door is a big part of the “face” of your house. It’s the first thing most people see when they come in, and finding the right door can make a world of difference in the personality, character, and curb appeal of your home.
When it comes time to replace doors or windows, whether for energy efficiency, security, aesthetics, or a combination of the three, your best bet is to find someone you can trust to do the job. While replacing one door might not be a big task, when it comes to replacing all the doors and windows in your home, you’re better off calling the professionals. Not only can they do the work quickly, correctly, and safely, but they can also help you to pick out the doors and windows that are right for you, your family, and your home.
Continental Siding offers a range of energy efficient replacement windows and doors to fit any home need, as well as a professional team who’s ready to help you pick the windows and doors that are right for your project, and make sure that they get installed safely and securely.
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