An energy efficient home is one that doesn’t lose hot or cool air. Unfortunately, many homes have leaks – particularly around windows and doors. Newer homes may lose less heat through energy-efficient windows, but even newer homes can settle and develop leaks, and older homes that lack energy efficient fittings can lose a lot of hot or cold air. Address these leaks and consider replacing your windows to maximize your energy efficiency.
A ton of hot and cold air can be lost in your home through leaks. You can feel some leaks, but other leaks in attics, basements or crawl spaces may be less conspicuous. Some contractors are equipped with specialty diagnostic tools to identify leaks in your home. If you’re a DIYer, though, you can resolve many leaks yourself with spray foam, caulk and weather stripping. Pay close attention around windows and doors. Other common sources of leaks include around vents and ducts, around lighting units and in attics and crawl spaces.
Insulation is an invaluable in your home’s construction, because it helps keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Your home may contain fiberglass, spray foam, rigid foam board and cellulose insulation, or reflective insulation in hot, sunny climates. The most common place to add insulation is your attic, but a professional contractor can evaluate your home and determine whether you need to add insulation in other areas to make your home more energy efficient.
Choose Energy Star Qualified Windows
If your windows are old and single-paned, you may benefit from installing new windows. If you do opt for new windows, select windows that are Energy Star Qualified. Installing Energy Star qualified windows can help reduce your energy bills by anywhere from 7 to 15 percent. You may also be eligible for tax credits when installing energy efficient windows, doors and skylights. Consult a professional for help choosing the appropriate fittings for your climate.