Posted on October 25, 2017
Has the cost of keeping your home warm over the winter been rising over the last few years? This could be a sign that your home is losing precious energy. In Northern Virginia, a window replacement may be needed to help protect your home from energy loss. However, before you tackle any home improvement project, you should understand the three major areas where you may be losing energy. Once you're familiar with these culprits, you'll have a better idea of how to combat the problem.
Doors can allow energy to escape your home in a number of ways. First, if the door is hard to close, it may end up getting stuck open. This can lead to an easy way for your energy to leave. Second, depending on the material the door is made of, it may actually be losing energy because of a lack of insulating power. Check for signs of drafts around your door frame as damaged weather stripping can affect a door's ability to protect your home.
Newer windows are often associated with a higher energy efficiency. Windows lose energy in similar ways to doors. A Northern Virginia window replacement can help you cut back on your energy bill while adding security and visual appeal to your house.
Finally, a lack of insulation can cause your home to leak energy. The air leakage can take place at your ceiling, walls or floors. Most homeowners find it's easiest to add insulation in the attic, but you can find other ways to increase your home's ability to keep heat in. Consider caulking around window and door frames, plumbing vents, electrical outlets and recessed lights to help reduce the amount of air leaving your house. This simple trick may help increase the insulation of your entire house.
As winter approaches, you may need to assess your home's ability to keep air inside. If you think a Northern Virginia window replacement is necessary, schedule your free consultation with Element Home Remodeling by calling 703-828-7414 today.