When is it time to start thinking about the energy efficiency of your Houston home? The answer from Superior Windows is NOW! May is here and that means hot Houston summer days are around the corner! Think of your house like a human body where all the organs, limbs, and muscles work together. The more fit and healthy your body, the more efficiently your body will work. When your house is healthy, it efficiently increases your comfort and saves money on heating costs. Getting energy-efficient replacement windows is the obvious first step, but here are six main steps to take to evaluate your home as a shining example of energy efficiency.
Step 1 — Air leaks: Weather stripping and caulking can seal air leaks around doors, windows, and various cracks and openings to the outside to prevent warm air from escaping in the winter and entering in the summer.
Step 2 — Ductwork: Leaky and inefficient ducts may account for 15 percent of air leaks in a home, letting your conditioned air to escape outside or into attics and walls. Efficient ductwork delivers air where you need it. Just imagine spending money on replacement windows to stop air leaks but then you have ducts that are leaking the air out anyway?
Step 3 — Insulation: Check to make sure you have enough insulation in the right places, especially the attic, the foundation and around ductwork. Insulation prevents heat transfer between inside and outside, easing the workload on your heating and cooling systems.
Step 4 — Windows: Windows are an important factor in viewing your home as a home focused on energy efficiency. Efficient replacement windows like those here at Superior Windows insulate a home by blocking more of the sun’s heat in the summer and working as a barrier against the cold in the winter. Windows should also fit well to prevent air leaks and with some treatments can even filter many UV rays.
Step 5 — HVAC maintenance: Heating and cooling systems play a major role in home energy efficiency. A well-maintained system will do its job effectively, converting the majority of its energy into heating or cooling for the home. Energy-efficient systems can reap substantial savings on your energy bills especially when combined with new energy efficient replacement windows to help retain the temperature of your home.
Step 6 — Lighting and appliances: You may not usually associate lights and home appliances such as stoves, clothes washers and driers, and dishwashers with home efficiency, but they play an important role in the system since they also consume energy. In warmer months, inefficient lights and appliances add unnecessary heat to your home. New LED bulbs last 20 years or more and generate no heat and use a fraction of the electricity that a traditional bulb does.
To evaluate your home for energy efficiency, the first step is having your windows evaluated, as 90% of leaks come from old windows or cracked window seals. Superior Windows is the most trusted, fastest growing company in replacement windows for Houston and the Gulf Coast region. We have styles and specialty replacement windows to fit any decor, structure and application. Contact us today for a consultation!