The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that heating usage consumed the most energy in American households in 2015. Water heating took second place while cooling needs were third. These figures show that most of the residential sector’s energy consumption is spent on keeping home interiors cozy.
Taking steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency can help cut down utility costs. Renewal by Andersen® of Des Moines, your trusted window replacement company, shares things you can do to create a more energy-efficient home.
Consult a Professional Energy Auditor
An energy auditor has the necessary knowledge and skills to identify problem areas that may be affecting your home’s energy efficiency and recommend appropriate solutions. Having trouble finding a reliable one? You can turn to Residential Energy Services Network or to your local utility provider for recommendations. It’s best to find an energy auditor that includes thermographic inspections in their assessment.
Replace Faulty Doors and Drafty Windows
Windows and doors are some of the largest openings in your home, making them an important factor in your home’s energy efficiency. Doors that have visible cracks make your home prone to drafts that may overwork your HVAC system as it tries to maintain your interior temperature. Our exterior doors feature interlocking design and continuous weatherstripping features that help prevent air leaks.
Our replacement windows, on the other hand, are made standard with our Fibrex® signature composite material. Being part wood, it has inherent insulating properties that effectively help reduce heat transfer. You can enjoy your desired indoor temperature day and night. Our windows also come with our excellent glass packages that serve as efficient heat barriers. The High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ option, in particular, can help you save on energy costs by up to 25% over time depending on your location.
Your Attic and Walls Must Have Proper Insulation
Apart from investing in doors and replacement windows, ensuring adequate insulation in your home is another important consideration in keeping your home energy-efficient. Having a properly insulated exterior minimizes thermal transfer, preventing heat gain in summer and heat loss during winter. Otherwise, this could mean increased workload on your HVAC system and higher energy consumption.