Are You Throwing Money Out The Window?
(ARA) - Someone once
said, "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to
be useful or beautiful." The old adage rings true today
as value-conscious Americans scrutinize where they’re
spending their money and question whether they are
getting the best return on investment - the largest of
which is typically a home. With fluctuating gas prices,
escalating energy rates and the uncertainty of an
election year looming, getting the most for your money
is more important than ever. Start the fiscal analysis
by taking a critical look at typically your biggest
investment - your home. Is it saving you money or is it
a money pit that continues to drain you of your
Are you throwing money out the window?
Start your home assessment with the easiest and most
obvious energy-busters: windows and doors. An old,
single pane window is like having a four-foot square
hole in the side of your house in terms of potential
energy loss. It leaks air and offers little defense
against the energy-robbing ravages of Mother Nature.
Replacing old, drafty, ineffective windows and doors is
a fundamental first step for saving money down the road.
"The financial benefits from home improvements, like
window or door replacement, are quickly realized, said
Elaine Sagers, vice president of marketing for Pella
Corporation. "Day in and day out, the aesthetics of the
home are more appealing, the utility bill is typically
lower, the home is more comfortable and the outside
noise level is reduced."
According to a recent Associated Press article,
replacement windows are "the new stars among
energy-savers." Compare the energy-efficiency of
replacement windows several ways before buying.
Get the facts about factors that relate to energy
efficiency, like U-values, Low-E (low emissivity)
coatings, argon gas-filled windows and weatherstripping.
U-values measure the insulating value of windows and
other fenestration products. The lower the U-value, the
better job a window does in keeping out heat and cold
(which is the opposite of R-value - the higher the
R-value, the better insulation in the walls and
ceilings). A low U-value can help save money in all
Most quality windows today feature glass with a Low-E
microscopic coating that helps reduce heat, as well as
ultraviolet (UV) rays that can fade carpet, walls and
furniture, helping to protect your investment in home
furnishings and family heirlooms. The addition of argon
gas in between panes of glass enhances energy
performance. In warm climates where air conditioning is
essential, choose a window with a lower solar heat gain
coefficient (SHGC) to block more of the sun’s heat rays
to keep your home cooler.
An easy way to choose energy-efficient windows is to
look for products that meet ENERGY STAR requirements.
The ENERGY STAR program was created by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department
of Energy to help consumers identify windows and other
products that save energy. ENERGY STAR qualified windows
help assure homeowners the windows they choose are the
most appropriate for their area in terms of energy
When replacing windows, have installers fully insulate
crevices around the window before it is fitted in place,
to maximize energy performance. Air leakage around doors
can add up as well. Look for doors that carry the ENERGY
STAR label, offer tight weatherstripping and
high-performance glass to get the most from your
investment. Consider adding a quality storm door to your
home to provide greater protection from the elements and
added energy efficiency, in addition to a quality entry
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