Insulated windows can offer a boost to your home’s efficiency, but for many homeowners, the cost and hassle of a window replacement simply isn’t worth it. The good news, though, is that you can weatherize existing windows to keep your efficiency high and your energy costs low.
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We’re all hearing a lot about conserving energy lately, and many people, including homeowners in the San Joaquin Valley, are trying to devise strategies for conserving energy that will save both money and the environment. With lots of conflicting information, it can be challenging to figure out how to change your lifestyle. If you’re concerned about conserving energy, here are some tips to help get you started:
Fenestration, a collective term for the doors, windows and skylights that penetrate a building’s exterior, is a key element of your home’s design, providing attractive natural lighting, ventilation and access. With proper design and maintenance, fenestration can enhance your home’s energy efficiency. However, even in our mild climate here in the San Joaquin Valley, bad design, improper installation and neglected maintenance can lead to unnecessary energy losses.
The best heating and cooling system your hard-earned money can buy for your Fresno area home will be of little use if your home is poorly insulated. Insulation is a one-time investment that pays great dividends year after year in fuel savings, conserved resources, and increased comfort for you and your family. Let’s review the basics, from top to bottom, starting with vocabulary:
Locating and effectively sealing air leaks in your Fresno area home is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to improve your home’s indoor comfort level and, at the same time, conserve the energy used for heating and cooling the home. There are dozens of products available for efficiently sealing air leaks, and it’s important to buy and properly apply the ones that best suit your needs. Generally speaking, weatherstripping will be used for sealing leaks around moveable objects such as doors and window sashes, while caulking is best for sealing the gaps and cracks found in stationary areas such as window frames, walls, floors and foundations. For larger cracks and openings, use spray foam.