Your home is losing energy: How to save it

Posted at 8:39 AM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 09:39:10-04

Inefficient windows and doors make it easier for unwanted hot air leaks and moisture to enter the home during the summer, leading to higher monthly air conditioning costs.

Homeowners shouldn’t let installation fears or misconceptions keep them from fixing windows and doors that need to be replaced. Keep a home working efficiently and save money this season by performing these window and door maintenance tips:

Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have single-pane glass or older windows or doors, you may be paying more to cool your home in the summer. Replace them now with energy-efficient double- or triple-pane glass versions made with insulating argon, such as those offered by Pella. Or install new entry doors to help save money and energy year round.

Choose installation.  Professionals want to ensure that the replacement area is prepped properly to keep airflow to a minimum. Windows are replaced one at a time to reduce air leakage, and the process takes about 20 minutes to an hour. All products are prepped prior to installation and ready to be inserted once the area has been cleaned and/or repaired.

Clear sills and moving parts of dirt and debris. Debris such as sand, dirt and leaves can get caught in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to create a tighter seal and enhance window and door performance.



Check weatherstripping.   Re-attach or replace loose or worn weatherstripping around windows and doors.  Loose weatherstripping can let air in — reducing energy efficiency.

Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors. To help reduce drafts and leaks, reseal breaks in caulk or sealant that may have been caused by heavy weather or extreme sunlight.
Install snap-in blinds or shades. Snap-in between-the-glass blinds or shades can help insulate your home from outdoor temperatures. Pella® Designer Series® windows and patio doors feature convenient between-the-glass options to add energy efficiency, light control and privacy.

Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on your roof or near your foundation is typically associated with water penetration and may allow moisture or air to leak into your home. Look closely for signs of moisture leakage and replace damaged wood. Consult a professional to help correct any roof or drainage problems around your home.

Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection against air and moisture infiltration.
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