5 Ways To Upgrade Your Home’s Doors And Windows For Maximum Energy Efficiency

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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Home’s Doors And Windows For Maximum Energy Efficiency

Are your energy bill costs weighing you down? Although not widely known, windows and exterior doors actually cause up to 25% of total heat loss in your house. This means you should inspect your windows and doors to see whether a change can increase your energy efficiency. Read about the 5 ways to upgrade your home’s doors and windows for maximum energy efficiency here.

1. Installing New Windows

It is recommended that windows be replaced every 20 years. Installing new, energy-efficient windows to reduce heating and cooling costs is especially important if the windows have not been replaced in years. Additionally, when replacing your windows, you can ask your home improvement contractors for advice on which windows would be most suitable to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

2. Installing Insulated Exterior Doors

When installing a new exterior door in your house, it’s crucial that you choose an exterior door that is already insulated. Upgrading to insulated exterior doors can prevent air leaks and drafts, thus keeping your house warm, especially if you live in a cold area. The best insulated doors are made from fiberglass. Fiberglass is superior to steel doors because it does not transfer heat, and it suits for most climates.

3. Adding Weatherstripping Around Doors And Windows

Adding weatherstripping around doors and windows can improve insulation. This tactic should be used if you have recently installed new windows and doors, and are not in need of an entire replacement. To prevent cold air from entering your house, you can install a draft strip along your exterior door. For windows, you can purchase drought-proofing strips to fill the gaps between the window and frame. Depending on the type of weatherstripping you want, you can buy relatively cheap and easy to install strips that can help prevent wind from seeping in.

4. Installing Window Films Or Shades

Installing window films or shades to block UV rays and regulate indoor temperatures is sure to lower your energy bill. In the summertime, window films or shades can block more than half of the sun’s heat. This allows your air conditioner to run less frequently, and in return, lowers your energy bill immensely.

5. Installing Smart Home Technology

The last way to upgrade your home is by installing smart home technology. Using smart home technology to control and monitor your home’s energy usage through doors and windows is a great way to maximize the energy efficiency of your house. For instance, technologies such as smart sensors, smart meters, and smart grids can identify and adjust the energy usage in a house, so that you can maintain a proper temperature in your house, while also saving on costs.

If you are thinking of upgrading your exterior doors and windows to make an energy efficient home, the experts at Quality Home Improvements can help you select and install the right doors and windows for your home.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant gives you money back for making your home more energy efficient. A window or exterior door replacement may be the right choice in improving the energy efficiency in your home. With the Canada Greener Homes Grant, you can receive a rebate of up to $5000.

If you are looking to install new exterior doors or windows in your home, Quality Home Improvements can help! Serving the Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering and Whitby areas, Quality Home Improvements has been improving homes in the Durham region for over 30 years!

For a free quote, call 905.721.7519 or fill out our Online Request Form.