One of the easiest ways to improve home insulation is to replace your windows and doors. Many homes haven't had their windows or doors upgraded since the homes were first built. There have been many improvements in insulating technology within the past decades, in addition to new and attractive custom styles. Here's what you need to know about improving your home insulation.
Windows and Doors Have a Better ROI Compared to Other Upgrades
Blown-in insulation can cost hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars. New or added insulation for walls is also expensive and time-consuming. Replacing windows and doors is an easy process, as often you can simply fit new doors and windows into existing frames. This process is cheaper and will usually provide better results for less money compared to other more invasive insulation options.
Rebates and Tax Benefits Are Available for Better Insulation
Many of the upgrades you complete in your home, including installing new windows and doors, could have some tax benefits.
These tax benefits change from year to year, so you may want to check with your accountant or a door and window insulation professional. Often, the government will either give you money back for a portion of your costs or let you deduct the whole amount of the improvement from your income. Showrooms will often have the tax benefit information next to the price of the upgrade.
Energy Costs Can Be Reduced through Better Insulation
In addition to tax breaks, better insulation improves the comfort of your home and reduces overall expenses. Through better insulation, you can improve your property value, especially if you're thinking about selling your home soon. Many modern home buyers are specifically looking for homes that have energy efficient upgrades.
If you aren't thinking about selling your home, you can still reduce your monthly energy usage, which is good for your budget and the environment. Over time, many of these insulation upgrades will pay for themselves.
Double-Paned Windows Provide a Fast, Easy Upgrade
New windows, such as double-paned windows, are designed to make it more difficult for energy to leave the home. Double-paned windows have air insulation between two pieces of glass so the window can have a cool area on one side and a hot area on the other side without transmitting much of the energy either way.
Many of these new windows also have technology that makes them easier to use and easier to clean, such as the ability to open in multiple directions or to open inside for cleaning. These windows have more insulating materials around them, and the windows can fit into your existing window frame.
Exterior Doors Can Be Reinforced or Replaced
Exterior doors can be one of the leading causes of heat or cold escaping a room. Improving the weather stripping can help, but it's not always enough. You may need to replace the door itself. New types of doors have insulating cores, and their frames will fit tightly around them to avoid gaps.
For many homeowners, the door between the garage and the rest of the home is a blind spot. A well-insulated garage door will reduce the amount of energy lost into an otherwise uninsulated garage.
Other Ways New Window and Doors Improve Insulation
Replacing new windows and doors can also resolve small issues such as:
- Drafts around your home from doors and windows
- Old weather stripping
- Gaps that need to be sealed off
You can address these issues around the windows and doors when you replace them.
Upgrading your doors and windows is a cheap and affordable way to improve your insulation and lower your energy costs. For more benefits of new doors and windows or to look at your options contact Advantage.