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Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.

Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Four Ways To Avoid Energy Loss In Your Home

by Bradley Castillo

With the average monthly electric bill running around $110.21 in 2013, many homeowners are looking for a way to reduce their living expenses. Heating and cooling accounts for almost half of the average home's utility costs, which can be a concern for any homeowner's budget. In an effort to reduce living expenses, making your home energy efficient will decrease how much you have to shell out every month to your energy company. It doesn't matter what time of the year it is, as you can easily decrease your energy usage by following these tips. 

Block Airflow in the Chimney

Fireplaces are a great way to keep a room and sometimes the entire house warm. Unfortunately, the hole in the top of the chimney is a great way to let warm air get out. Closing the chimney flue can help keep some of the warm air in, but it is not completely efficient. Inflatable chimney balloons are great at ensuring that warm air does not escape. Not only does this prevent cold drafts from getting into the house, causing you to increase your thermostat, but it also keeps out birds, bats, and more. 

Seal Up Duct Leakage

Your HVAC ducts generally lie in your basement and attic. It is important to inspect your duct work often to check for holes and leaks. In fact, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to holes and leaks, according to the Department of Energy. The most common place for leaks and holes in the duct work is where the connections are. Check these areas to see if they are completely sealed or not. If not, you want to make sure you seal them up completely to ensure that air does not escape or get into the home. 

Take Advantage of Natural Lighting

If you keep your windows closed and have window treatments covering them year round, you may be causing your energy bill to increase. Instead of turning on the lights all day, you can bring in natural sunlight by pulling away the window treatments, opening the blinds, or even opening the doors and windows. Additionally, vegetation around the home can block some of the sunlight. Move any shrubs or trees that block out the sunlight. This is also a great way to heat up the home naturally during the winter. 

Seal Your Doors and Windows

By replacing your current windows and doors with new energy efficient windows and doors, you are likely to see a difference in your energy bill. A small investment in new fixtures could end up saving you quite a bit of money over the years. It is not uncommon to experience about 25% of your energy loss through your windows and doors. Another way to avoid energy loss is by sealing them with plastic film. This is easily goes over the windows and doors and is sealed using a hair dryer.