Posted April 08, 2015 by Gabriel Posternak

How To Improve Your Home’s Energy Performance: Openings

If you are an existing homeowner or seeking to purchase a new home, one of the most important areas to look into is how well your home energy performance really is doing. If you are seeking to create an energy efficient home, then perhaps energy efficient windows and energy efficient doors are where you need to seek improvement first.

Over the years, your home will surely settle and wear. Among the many things this end up doing, your doors and windows become less effective over time. In order to greatly increase your home’s energy efficiency, note that roofs, windows, and doors are the biggest culprit of air leaking in and heat and cooling escaping outwardly.

Knowing how to improve your home’s energy performance is a great place to start. Here are five tips that can help you when thinking in openings:

  1. Rubber Weather Sealing for Windows– One of the more primitive and basic ways to keep energy in your home is to purchase rubber weather stripping. Rubber weather stripping is inexpensive and easy to use. However, it is just a beginning step in preserving your home’s energy performance.You should start there but you shouldn’t stop at it.shutterstock_132264632
  2. Cellular Shading – Cellular shading allows light to come through while preventing air to escape. These shades can be custom-fit for your windows. While a little more costly as compared to weather stripping, they are still a good option for keeping heat in winter and cooler air in summer from escaping.
  3. Replace Older Doors – If you are remodeling your home, one of the best energy savers is right at your front door – actually it is your front door. Purchase a new door that has a high energy savings rating. This will cost a bit more than a standard average door, but the money you save in energy will far outweigh the cost.
  4. Seal up Older Doors – If you are not purchasing a new door, then be sure to caulk your older ones as necessary. Also purchase draft stoppers to place at the bottom of doors.
  5. Patio Doors – If you can, it is best to replace glass doors that are outdated with newer more energy efficient patio doors. Make certain to look for the Energy Star Rating. You may want to also explore (according to your home’s design) which options for patio doors will best suit your energy saving needs. Some doors swing outwardly while others fold accordion style. Standard doors for patios are typically sliding doors.

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When it comes to conserving energy through the openings in your home, make certain to seek out the Energy Star Rating for all your new purchases. Also, equally important, take into consideration the R values and U-factors as well as Low-E glass and UV coatings.

If you want to go even greener for front doors, you can choose repurposed wood doors that are sustainable. By choosing a door that is Energy Star rated and/or a door that is sustainable, you will honor the environment and honor your wallet as well. Sometimes spending a little more money will allow you the opportunity to save more in the longer run.

If you want more information on where to purchase energy saving doors and windows head to energy.gov. Or you can always ask us, you know.

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