3 Home Improvement Projects To Boost Energy Efficiency in Your Home

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As the temperature hover around the freezing point, many Connecticut homeowners are brainstorming about what they can do to save money and energy during the cool winter months. Certainly, there are a lot of small and large changes that can help you to increase the energy efficiency of your home, while attempting to decrease energy costs.  This post will discuss three major home improvement projects to boost energy efficiency in your home.

Upgrade Your Windows

Whether you are aware or not, your windows have a major effect on how much you pay for energy bills in both the summer and the winter. Replacement windows are being manufactured with some incredible energy efficient features. One feature to become familiar with is the “low U-factor”. A U-factor measures the heat loss or gain through a material, so the lower the value, the greater the window’s resistance is to heat flow and the higher its insulation abilities.

Additionally, many Harvey vinyl windows include two or three panes of glass, which have low-e coating and multiple insulation glazes. These features provide better thermal protection for your home, which increases the effectiveness of your AC in the summer. Also, vinyl windows are recyclable so that eventually, when you replace them, they can be reused to make new resources. Vinyl replacement windows easily meet all of Energy Star’s eco-friendly criteria, which qualify you for federal tax credits.

Install Insulated Vinyl Siding

Insulated vinyl siding often leads to reduced energy use, and therefore is recognized by major building and energy efficient programs. For instance, both the Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognize that insulated siding can improve a home’s energy efficiency.

Insulated vinyl siding can actually increase the R-value of a building, which reduces energy consumption and related CO2 emissions. Energy Star, cosponsored by the EPA, mentions vinyl siding as an option to comply with thermal bridging requirements to earn the Energy Star recognition for new homes.

Insulated siding also meets the requirements of vinyl siding and foam plastic insulation in the International Residential Codes and the International Building Code. With all of these energy efficiency benefits, insulated vinyl siding will greatly reduce your monthly energy bills.

Replace Your Entry Doors

You can save money on your energy bills by replacing your entry door with an energy efficient door. For example, nearly all Therma-Tru doors are Energy star qualified. To be certified for Energy Star, doors must insulate well and provide a complete seal. Fiberglass doors insulate up to five times better than wood doors.  Fiberglass entry doors do not conduct heat, which minimizes the exchange of heat between the two sides of the door, and in the winter, your door will be warm to the touch. Each of our doors is sturdily constructed of durable fiberglass or steel around an insulated core, and then finished with triple-seal weather-stripping to maximize energy savings.

J.C. Tonnotti for Replacement Windows, Doors, & Insulated Siding

As you can see, the right CT home improvement projects can save you money beginning almost immediately and can increase the resale value of your home, while also making your home a more comfortable place to live. In the future many homebuyers are going to be more concerned with energy efficiency and total cost of ownership. Feel free to call 860.621.1642 to speak with our staff if you would like more detailed information concerning energy efficient projects.

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