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3 Home Improvement Projects To Boost Energy Efficiency in Your Home

As the temperature nears freezing, many Connecticut homeowners start thinking about what they can do to save money and boost energy efficiency during the winter months. There are many large and small home improvements that can help increase energy efficiency and decrease energy costs.  This post will discuss three major home improvement projects to boost energy efficiency in your home – replacement windows, entry doors, and insulated siding.

1 – Upgrade Your Windows

Your windows have a major effect on how much you pay for energy bills in the winter. Harvey Replacement windows are now manufactured with some incredible energy-efficient features. Boost energy efficiency by installing vinyl replacement windows with low U-Factor, Low-E coatings, and Energy Star ratings.

Low U-Factor

Select replacement windows with a low U-factor. U-factor measures the heat loss or gains through the materials. The lower the U-factor value, the greater the window’s resistance is to heat flow and the higher its insulation abilities.

Low-E Windows

Low-E is a coating applied to the window glass to improve energy efficiency. Many Harvey vinyl replacement 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.

Energy Star

Harvey vinyl replacement windows meet Energy Star’s eco-friendly criteria and can qualify you for tax credits. And vinyl windows are recyclable so that eventually when you replace them, they can be reused to make new resources.

2 – Replace Your Entry Doors

You can save money on your energy bills by replacing your entry door with an energy-efficient entry door. JC Tonnoti recommends Energy Star qualified Therma-Tru entry doors. Certified Energy Star doors 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. The fiberglass minimizes the exchange of heat between the inside and outside of your door. Doors constructed of durable fiberglass or steel around an insulated core and then finished with triple-seal weather-stripping maximize energy savings.

3 – Install Insulated Vinyl Siding

Insulated vinyl siding often leads to reduced energy use, and therefore is recognized by major building and energy efficiency programs. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognize the energy efficiency of insulated siding.

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

Insulated siding 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.

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The right home improvement projects can also increase the resale value of your home. Many homebuyers are concerned with energy efficiency.

Contact us to speak with our staff how to boost energy efficiency in your home.


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