Cool weather is right around the corner. Soon you’ll be drinking hot cocoa and switching on the heat. You’re probably already thinking how you can save for holiday shopping and big family celebrations. One way to keep more money in your pocket is to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency. Able Roof doesn’t just do roof replacement. We can also help get your home ready for long-term energy savings. Here’s how to spend less on utilities this fall.
Evaluate Energy Use
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends conducting an energy audit to assess how your home uses energy. Think through what you know about your home’s features to identify areas where energy is being lost.
How old is your home? When you stand near windows and doors, can you feel cool air coming through them? What is the age of your home’s insulation? How did your heating system function last year? Are there areas of your home where temperature seems more difficult to regulate? Once you’ve identified problem areas, you can target the ones most in need of improvement.
Install Energy-Efficient Windows
If you’ve been putting off replacing your old panes with newer ones, you may have been throwing money out the window. Air creeps into your home wherever there’s an opening. About 20 percent of this air comes through inefficient windows and doors. Replacing old windows with Energy Star products can reduce energy loss by between 25 percent and 50 percent.
- Low-E glass to reflect infrared and ultraviolet light
- Gas-filled double panes to provide insulation
- Air-tight spacers to reduce heat transfer
- Five-layer weather stripping to keep your home warm during cold weather months
Our windows also have easy operation for mild days when you want to let in fresh air, and they have repel technology to keep dust, dirt, and moisture from clouding your view.
Able Roof is so sure our windows will reduce your utility bills, we offer a money-back guarantee. We’re that confident because our windows show advanced engineering in these areas:
Fusion welding – The corners of our windows are welded for strength, so they excel at blocking cold air and rain, even in the worst weather.
Reinforced interlock – Reinforcement makes windows more durable and provides a strong seal against outside air.
Lexan night latch – You want your windows to keep out cold, but it’s even more important that they keep out intruders. Our night latches are impact-resistant to make sure your home stays secure.
Windows come in every style and color, and when we give you an estimate, there is no obligation to buy.
Walk around your home and check for places where you feel a draft or see daylight through cracks. Seal air leaks around plumbing, at the backs of cabinets and around recessed lights. Caulk or add weather-stripping around doors to keep air from escaping.
Insulate Your Attic
Heat rises, so some of the money you spend to heat your home might go through the roof. Insulating your attic dramatically increases energy efficiency. Able experts seal leaks around pipes, chimneys, light fixtures and wiring before they insulate, to maximize energy savings.
Blown-in insulation is the best solution to insulate attic spaces. Attics are irregularly shaped, and it can be difficult to work around attic trusses, ductwork and wiring. Professional installers can apply blown-in insulation around whatever features your attic has to provide you with a thick layer of protection. Blown-in insulation also has other benefits:
- Cut down on noises. Insulation helps block outdoor sounds.
- Reduce allergies. Mold, mildew, and bacteria flourish when moisture builds up in empty spaces. Insulation blocks temperature extremes that cause condensation.
- Easy installation. You can have a more energy-efficient home in less than a day.
Insulation is also easy to add to crawl spaces and basements. Upgrading insulation is one of the best ways to keep warm air in and cold air out.
Able Roof provides customers with flexible financing options that make energy-efficient upgrades affordable on almost any budget. Our labor and material warranties are 100 percent transferable. If you’re looking for ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency this fall, contact us for a free estimate today.