Sound advice from a professional about specified heat loss sources goes a long way.
NOT READY TO REPLACE YOUR WINDOWS ?
If you can feel drafts around your doors & windows, they are often a huge source of heat loss, and a good reason for feeling uncomfortable when the temperature drops & the cold winds blow. Even the expensive replacement of your windows with double or triple glazed ones won’t give you the comfort and fuel savings you’d like if they aren’t installed with proper sealing. It’s amazing how regularly we see this problem, even with new window installations. Removing old windows and simply popping in new ones isn’t a quick fix – and it sure will be a very expensive project if you still have air leakage around them. “Back in the day” we didn’t know as much as we do now about proper installation and sealing all the leaks, so chances are, if your windows are more than 5 years old, they probably weren’t installed for maximum performance.
HOW CAN I IMPROVE THE ENERGY-EFFICIENCY OF MY WINDOWS?
Of course, replacement is often the best solution, and we have researched many suppliers to find the right fit for most of our customers and there are many wonderful options available to today’s consumer. When weighing the pros and cons of window replacement, or even retrofitting your existing windows, return on investment is not the only consideration. As with any home renovation, your family’s comfortable enjoyment of their home is certainly a huge factor. Many of our customers say that if they had known how much more comfortable they would be in their home by replacing their windows, they would have made the investment much sooner.
But if replacement isn’t in the budget, often less expensive solutions – like insulating and caulking the spaces around the windows or repairing, extending or replacing the weather-stripping, can make a huge difference in the energy-efficiency and comfort of your home without replacing the windows.
CAN I SEAL THE LEAKS MYSELF?
Depends on how much of a do-it-yourselfer you are. Removing the window trim has to be done carefully, so it doesn’t ruin the paint, wallcovering or drywall around the windows, which would only be another expensive and time-consuming project you don’t want. Knowing where and what to look for is the most important first step in solving your heat-loss problem. Sometimes, trim can stay in place & caulking done around it, depending on the detected heat loss. You have to use the right products – like foam insulation and specific caulking - for best results on any particular job, and know how to install it – it’s easy to make a big mess that’s not easy to remedy!
You’d have to be a pretty knowledgeable, capable DIY-er to replace your windows without the help of a professional installer. A mistake in measuring or ordering can be costly, and improper installation can diminish the value of the whole process. And - replacing a window that’s dropped in the installation process certainly reduces the energy savings!
BETTER TO CONSULT AN ENERGY SPECIALIST
Sound advice from a professional about specified heat loss sources goes a long way. At Don Koppin General Contractor, we’re trained to recognize where your energy loss is occurring, and we know how best to solve each individual problem. And with our thermal-imaging equipment, we can focus on the points of energy loss, even read the temperature of the window glass, and assess for the best solution.
Your windows may or may not be the biggest heat loss factor in your home, and perhaps another source is a greater priority, maybe even a less expensive solution. We can advise you where it’s most effective to spend your $$$ to recover the most in energy savings right now. We have many years of training in energy-efficient building methods and products, so we know the best products for the job, and can do the work quickly, carefully and efficiently.
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