With winter approaching we put together a list we hope will help you keep warm.
Windows & Window Treatments
1: Replacing existing windows with windows with the newest technology. Windows with Low-E coated glass, Low -conductive gas fills,and high performance frame options will all improve window energy efficiency. (Performance ratings and different options can be found at Energystar.gov.)
If your budget is tight you can make improvements to existing windows
2: Adding storm windows, interior peel and cling window film, weatherstripping and caulking can all reduce heat loss
3: Window treatments can also help reduce energy cost. Draperies drawn during cold weather hung as close to the window as possible and falling onto the sill or floor for maximum effectiveness. Velcro to the walls at sides and overlapped at the center can really help with heat loss.
When choosing a door you should consider its energy performance rating.
R-values on most steel & fiberglass-clad entry doors are around R-5
A door without a window offers more than 5 times the insulating value of a solid wood door of the same size.
1: Picking a high-efficiency roofing material can prevent heat run off that leads to higher heating cost.
2: Check for air leakes in the attic.
3: Check your attic insulation. You want to trap the heat so the thicker the better. 18" minimum with a high R-value.
1: Most siding materials on there own don't have much of an R-value which is why installing a new siding product with a high quality insulation can make a remarkable difference on energy savings.
2: When re-siding you can also remove the existing wall sheathing and install thicker wall insulation and re sheath with a more efficient product like the 4x8 Zip System sheathing with taped seams which forms a tight barrier against air leakage.
Advanced Framing for your new House or Addition
This is a framing technique that uses less wood and more insulation. Using advanced framing can lower material & labor cost and cut heating & cooling cost by up to 5% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Other things to consider for improving your homes' energy efficiency
1: Replacing skylights
2: Fans through out your home to reduce air conditioning
3: Bathroom & Kitchen fixtures with Energy Star Ratings
4: Flooring: Different types of flooring and carpeting can also save on climate control cost
5: Higher efficiency Furnace & Hot Water System