Upgrading for Energy Efficiency?
As spring transitions to summer, we are reminded of the stress that heat and humidity put on our homes and wallets. In Raleigh, we experience all four seasons every year. Snow, rain, wind, and even the sun leave their mark every year on the exterior of your home. When your windows and siding get old and weather, it makes it difficult for your heating and air conditioning to keep up. New windows and/or siding can improve the energy efficiency of your home and raise its resale value.
Importance of Energy Efficiency
As energy costs continue to rise in our area, one of the ways you can lower your consumption and make a positive impact on the environment is by making energy efficient improvements to your home. Replacing your windows and/or vinyl siding can also save you money in the long run, and will likely improve your home’s resale value.
Siding and Windows
In a previous post we discussed 5 ways to tell if your siding needs to be replaced. A quick summary:
- Visible damage to the siding
- Paint peeling from the siding
- Intrusion and buildup of moisture between the siding and the sheathing
- Higher utility bills
- Old age
If you have experienced a rise in energy bills beyond what your neighbors have experienced, it may be time to replace your siding. Otherwise, if you are in need of new siding or you are building a new home, consider a more durable and energy efficient metal or brick siding.
Money Crashers lists energy efficient windows as one of the top 7 improvements to raise the resale value of the home. You can expect a 60%-90% return on your investment in energy efficient windows. Additionally, you may even be eligible to receive a green tax credit.
If you are considering making energy efficient improvements to your home, give us a call.