Are you thinking about replacing your old windows?

Are you thinking about replacing your old windows?

The longer you wait, the longer you’re paying for it in higher energy costs, and you don’t need that.
Newer windows have better building technology so you can have an enhanced interior with a boost in curb appeal and they are more energy efficient. Many manufacturers say that windows should be replaced after 20 years of use or so. Windows treatments can reduce heat loss and heat gain, but most treatments are not effective at reducing air leakage or infiltration. If your home has very old on inefficient windows, it’s more cost-effective to replace them than to improve their efficiency.
If your windows are collecting ice, frost, and condensation than it is time for you to change them.
Leaky and inefficient windows and glazed doors are 25 percent of the average household’s energy bills.
For any home improvement, one of the best returns on investment is windows replacement project because you can save as much as 15 percent by buying windows that have double-pane insulated glass, heavier construction, with sound reduction, airtight frames or argon gas filled.

Why are windows energy efficient?

When you have windows that are made out of two sheets of glass, with a gap of 16mm in between, filled with gas to make an insulating barrier that keeps heat in, you know that there is a good chance that you made a good deal. Windows are made out of glass, gaps between the glass, pane spacers and frame materials.

Windows that are made out of solid wood are great insulator against heat and cold, but they’re not so cheap, they can swell or contract and they need maintenance that depends on weather conditions. Aluminum or steel windows are strong, affordable and may be recycled, also low-maintenance, yet it conducts heat and cold much more than the wooden ones. Vinyl windows are low-maintenance and cheap, but their color may fade over time, depending on weather conditions. Clad windows are the most expensive ones. They are made with wood frames on the inside and aluminum shell on the outside. That combination is great because, wood frame helps with heat and cold, while exterior shell made out of aluminum ask for it’s low-maintenance and they are weather-proof.

Energy-EfficientYou can make your home more comfortable, quiet and peaceful with energy efficient windows while they save you money because energy costs are going down with them and sometimes even lighting costs.

Our consultant can visit you in your home, discuss options for replacement of your windows, explain what to expect during installation and give you a price estimate for it. Our project coordinator can guide you through every step of the installation process, so you’ll know what to expect at every moment.

Renewable energy in home improvement

Renewable energy in home improvement

Instead of buying all of your energy you should be aware of other energy resources such as from renewable technology, so you are in possibility to generate your own. Besides it sounds very cool there are lots of other good reasons to do so. From helping to the environment by reducing production of carbon dioxide and other toxic gases, reducing your energy bills and even generating some income by selling your extra energy to using secure resources and helping renewable energy industry to develop and create more job positions. You just have to decide what you want to achieve by installing any form of renewable technology so you may narrow down the options which are many.

Electricity renewables

Solar panels are one of the most known nature electricity generators which provide electricity from sunlight. Using specific cells that make this possible they provide electricity that can be used to run lighting and household appliances.
Wind turbines on the other hand use power of the wind to generate needed electricity. At a site with optimal conditions, they will generate much more power then used for domestic needs. With large blades which are forced around with catching the wind a turbine generates electricity.
Hydro systems convert potential energy from streams and rivers flowing downhill creating kinetic energy in a turbine which drives generator producing electricity. Logically with more amount of water and a greater level of height more electricity will be produced.
Micro CHP technology generates heat and electricity at the same time. They are powered by LPG or gas which are fossil fuels rather than renewable source but still provide low carbon technology. They are similar to standard boilers, and the only difference is in generating electricity while heating water.

Heat renewables

solarBiomass provides warmth from burning wood pallets, logs or chips. Also, they may be connected to central power heating and hot water boilers. These biomass stoves and boilers are usually much cheaper than any other heating option.
Ground source heat pumps extract heat from the ground by using buried pipes. This system can be used to heat underfloor, radiators and even hot water in your home. As longer these pipe loops more heat will be drawn from the ground.
Air source pumps as different from the ground pumps use heat from outside air. In the same way, fridge extracts heat from its inside heat pump extracts heat from outside air. With the help of compressor, a low-temperature air which is absorbed into a fluid increases its temperature. This higher temperature is continuously transferred to hot water and heating circuits of the house.
Solar water heating uses solar energy to warm domestic hot water. Using panels also called collectors that are fitted to your roof they can collect heat from the sun. This heat is next used to heat up water in a water cylinder. In case there is no sun, for backup is used immersion heaters or conventional boiler.
Save your budget and by saving energy inspire energy efficiency behavior change starting in your community.