“What were you, born in a barn?” was one of my Dad’s favorite sayings. He was constantly yelling at me to close the windows and shut the door so we didn’t “heat the whole neighborhood.”Turns out, Dad was right.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as much as 30 percent of a home’s energy is “lost” to the outside due to inefficient windows and doors that “leak” the air you spend so much money to cool in the summer and heat in the winter. That’s like shoving almost one-third of the money spent on heating oil, natural gas and electricity right out the window.
Air exchange takes place when doors and windows are left open, of course. (Sorry, Dad!) But leaks occur in the space between doors and their frames, through cracks and gaps between window frames and walls, through improperly seated window sashes, and dozens of other little ways that drain a home’s energy.
One of the biggest culprits is window glass. Energy can transfer right through glass that is not properly insulated. Think about all the panes of glass in all the windows in your home and you can see how a small amount of loss from each pane can quickly multiply. That means your home energy costs multiply as well.
The good news is that the materials, design and manufacture of windows and doors has advanced tremendously over the years. If your home’s windows and doors are more than 10 years old, it is very likely that you can significantly reduce energy loss by replacing them with more modern, efficient models. You’ll get a more comfortable home with more easily regulated indoor temperatures, while also reducing your monthly heating and cooling bills. That’s a win-win!
If you’d like to find out if you have leaky doors and windows, call Rescom at (866) 410-5884. We’ll conduct an inspection and let you know whether or not you are “heating the whole neighborhood.”