Get Ahead of Old Man Winter By Being Energy Efficient
Getting up in the morning and sticking that first toe out from beneath the warmth of the comforter, old man winter lets us know that he is moving in. If you live in a part of the country that experiences harsh winters, then you understand what it’s like when temperatures suddenly start to drop and the icy winds start to howl. For homeowners, this can mean that it’s time to turn up the heat and watch the monthly energy bills climb. However, there are steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient during the winter, and replacing inefficient windows is the most important adjustment you can make.
Upgrading Your Home’s Windows
Here at Sunrise® Windows, we talk a lot about the energy efficiency of our windows and how our multi-pane windows with Low-E glass, gas fills, and spacers can help you save money in the long run. These factors are important because the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling costs are the results of windows that aren’t providing effective thermal performance. With this in mind, we manufacture our window frames to prevent air leaks and reduce heat transfer, and we offer double- and triple-pane glass packages that insulate your home much better than a single pane would.
If you missed any of the related blogs, you can read up on the anatomy of our windows in What Makes an Energy-Efficient Window?, or watch a great video that explains U-factor, visible transmittance, solar heat gain, condensation resistance, and air leakage called Window Replacement 101: An Introduction to Window Energy Efficiency & Cost Savings.
Other Steps You Can Take
Improving your home’s energy efficiency involves much more than just new windows. Sometimes it’s as simple as replacing incandescent lightbulbs with LED bulbs that can last up to 25 years, caulking windows to reduce drafts, blocking off heating vents to rooms that are not being used, and turning off lights when you’re not using them.
ENERGY STAR® shared an interactive map that you may find helpful. You can click through the rooms of a house to find areas you may have overlooked where you can save on monthly energy costs while also helping the environment. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?
Are you interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency by having high-performance Sunrise replacement windows installed? If so, you can click here to find an official Sunrise Windows dealer near you.