Winter is finally here and that means that your home is about to be put through some serious stresses. From rain to snow and ice, cold weather can be extremely taxing on the exterior of your home. As water freezes into ice, the shingles on your roof can split, the seals on your windows can fail, and the weather stripping on your door can fall apart. All of these smaller issues can combine to create some substantial losses in energy and can easily cost you hundreds on extra energy costs as you fight to keep your home warm. If you want to save yourself quite a bit of money this winter while also updating the look and feel of your home, contact the expert team here at LEI Home Enhancements today. Here are a few ways you can save money this winter.
Replace Your Windows
As your windows age, regardless of their quality, certain components will begin to fail or fall apart. One of the first things to go on most windows are the seals. The seals seamlessly integrate your window into your wall, and as they break down, they can let drafts in or even allow water to enter your wall. Once water has gotten in, it is only a matter of time until more damage happens. Water damage can quickly turn into black mold, which is dangerous to inhale. Water in these seals can also expand into ice as temperatures drop, which can cause damage to both your window and your home. We recommend that you check your seals at least once a year to see if your home is leaking valuable energy.
Another common issue with multi-paned windows is when air gets in between the panes of your windows. The space between windowpanes is usually filled with a type of insulating gas that will allow far less heat transfer than just air. Once the space between your windowpanes has been compromised and air has filled them, you will begin losing energy efficiency. If you notice any fogging on the interior of your windowpanes or notice any drafts in your home, your windows may have begun failing.
Upgrade Your Door
Not all doors are made equal, and if you have a sub-par door currently installed, you know how bad they can be. Older or low-quality doors will allow drafts into your home and lack the insulating properties of modern doors. If your door has windows on it, those can be another source of lost energy, as these windows can fail just like any other. Not only will a new door help save you money on your energy bills, but a new door is the perfect accent piece for any front entryway. From bright and eye-catching designs to more open doors that let light into your entryway, a new energy-efficient door is the perfect solution.
If you are interested in upgrading your energy efficiency or want to update the look and feel of your home, contact LEI Home Enhancements today. Happy holidays from our family to yours.