Going Green: Home Efficiency Trends Extend to Doors, Windows
In its executive summary on Energy Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commerical Buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy summarized that many homeowners are starting to see the benefits of making their buildings more energy efficient. An important consideration for this involves energy usage as the DOE estimates 40% of our country’s energy usage comes from buildings. Moreover, while there’s a greater emphasis on reducing carbon emissions and saving money on energy bills, the economic climate has forced homeowners and builders to find affordable alternatives. In part, this has led to some interesting home efficiency trends that extend to doors and windows.
Benefits of Home Efficiency Trends
Replacing your windows might not seem like it would do much to lower your energy bill, but consider this: up to 30% of a home’s heating or cooling losses occur from drafty windows. That’s up to 30% harder your home’s heating or cooling systems have to work. Not only does this translate to higher energy bills and increased carbon emissions, but it also taxes your home’s HVAC unit. And the harder it has to work, the more likely you’ll have to replace the unit sooner than expected.
To combat this, there have been standards put in place such as ENERGY STAR labels, which recognizes windows and doors that exceed their standards and Passivhaus certification–this is criteria involving the home’s performance in keeping a steady temperature while using minimal energy. And an important consideration for homeowners for each is the doors and windows they choose.
Choosing the Right Doors, Windows
When taking into account the entire energy consumption of an average home, the DOE concludes that 39.4% of your home’s energy usage devotes to heating and cooling spaces. This is more than water heating, lighting, electronics, and refrigeration combined. Therefore, with almost 40% of your home’s energy use stemming from heating and cooling, doors and windows play a primary role.
How do they? Think about the purpose of a window. Along with offering protection from the elements, a well-constructed window with thermal sashes can reduce heating and cooling losses–this is where air escapes from your home or into your home.
Picture a chilly day with regular wind guests. When this weather comes, place your hand near one of your home’s door or windows. Do you feel that cold air coming in? If you do, this indicates your home is losing heat because the doors and windows don’t have the proper insulation to keep the cold air out.
This is where new models, such as European windows and doors can help. They’re constructed with quality, German parts. To demonstrate, these windows feature high-performance thermal sashes that drastically reduce air loss. Because it retains more heat and keeps the cool air out, your home’s HVAC won’t have to work as hard to keep the temperature constant, resulting in a more comfortable environment and lower energy bills.
Moreover, the doors are solid, not hollow. In addition to providing added security, these doors can reduce the weather from coming into your home through its thick construction and thermal seals.
Best of all, when you select the Global 86 window from Seemray, you’ll receive the pinnacle in energy efficiency. This window received Passivhaus certification, meaning it’s a great first step towards making your home energy independent.
As you’ll see, home efficiency trends are focusing on more on delivering modern innovations for your whole home. With windows and doors from Seemray, you’ll have access to these modern innovations, and it won’t take long to see the efficiency benefits.