October 15 2018 0Comment
Monroe, WA replacement windows

Things You Can Do to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Everyone wants to save money these days. One way you can do this is to by making your home more energy efficient. If you have a lot of money to spend, you could go with solar panels and maybe a backup generator. That’d allow you to say goodbye to utility bills. But not everyone has that sort of cash laying around, and fortunately there are some other ways, like Monroe, WA replacement windows, to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Here’s the nitty-gritty.  


If your windows are in good repair, they will keep the inside air inside and the outside air outside. In other words, there will be no air leaks that make it difficult to maintain a consistent temperature inside of your home. If there are air leaks or drafts, you can bet that your air conditioner and furnace will be forced to compensate for the fluctuating internal temperature. And while your heating and cooling equipment will ultimately be able to compensate for drafts cause by leaks, the extra work they will have to do to accomplish this will cost you in the wallet. Yes, your utility bills will be higher — higher than they need to be. And you will age your HVAC equipment faster than would be the case if you did not have air seeping in around your windows. With the right new windows, you won’t have to worry about these sorts of problems.  


In addition to replacing old windows, you can also update your entry doors. Can you feel any drafts whenever you pass your front door? If you can, you can bet that your energy efficiency at home is taking a big hit. And if you’re going to update your doors, you might as well get replacements that have solid energy efficient properties. For instance, steel and fiberglass are door materials that are known to provide the insulation needed to make your home more energy efficient. When in doubt, you can ask a replacement window retailer for guidance.  


The type of light bulbs you use can either help or hinder your energy efficiency goals. If you’re using LED bulbs, you can over time make your home more energy efficient. A Consumer Reports study finds, for instance, that LED bulbs can last between 20,000 hours and 50,000 hours. This is as much as five times longer than comparable light bulbs. While LED bulbs cost more than do incandescent and CFL bulbs, you can recoup your investment over time due to the energy savings.  

Monroe, WA replacement windows and doors will help you to make your home more energy efficient. Get in touch with us at Intermountain Glass Inc to learn more about how buying and installing replacements windows and doors can help. We have a range of quality products from top manufacturers, and our installers are the best in the business. Call us at (425) 486-6162 or visit us at 23905 Meridian Ave S Bothell, WA 98021 for a free consultation on your needs.