Everybody wants their home to be more energy efficient, but the issue is how to best accomplish this. Not only that, you need to figure out how to accomplish this in a way that does not cost a lot of money or cause any major inconvenience to your lifestyle. The simplest answer to this question is insulation. Insulation helps to drastically reduce your energy costs, by making your furnace and air conditioner have a much easier job to do. Two of the biggest aspects of any home’s insulation are the windows and the siding.
While the windows are the more visible feature in many ways, your siding is actually extremely important part of your home’s insulation. This is because your siding is the outermost layer of your home. It is one last opportunity to add a layer of insulation to your home, and if you live in a temperate climate, you should take advantage of it. There are quite a few different options, when it comes to siding, so it is important that you deliberate over all of your choices, before deciding to install one.
While wooden siding can certainly look good, it is not always the most practical option. It does provide some degree of insulation because it is solid, dense and nonconductive. That being said, it has some irritating qualities, such as the fact that it requires a great deal of maintenance and upkeep, compared to most other types of siding. Plus, if the waterproof sealant does wear down, wooden siding can begin to deteriorate really quickly. In general, it is best to have siding that is not so susceptible to water damage. Because of this, it is important to decide between vinyl or aluminum siding. They both are inexpensive. Aluminum is appealing because it holds up very well against hail and other types of damaging storms. It does have a definite downside, though. Aluminum siding is not a good insulator, so it will not have the desired effect on your energy usage, and will likely actually drive your bills up. So, if you live in a colder city like Denver, vinyl siding becomes the only logical option.
Windows are the other secret component of your insulation. Because windows are so thin and are basically doors with glass over them, windows are a point at which a lot of heat escapes from your home. Having said that, if you install the right kind of window frames, this effect can be minimized, which can have a very positive effect on your energy consumption. Also, replacing your current windows can be really easy, particularly if you are just going to get replacement windows. These are placed over the original window spaces and fitted into place. Replacement windows are an inexpensive and convenient way to drastically improve your home’s energy efficiency by bolstering its level of insulation. This is particularly true if you invest in fiberglass windows, which are the best at trapping heat inside your home for long periods of time.