Old Windows and Doors Failing? Switch to Energy Efficient Ones & Start Saving Today

The most common reasons for installing new doors or windows into your property, besides vanity, is to save money on your energy bills and keep the inside of your home warmer during the winter months.

Not only do energy efficient doors and windows save you money for years to come and keep your home warm, but they are better for the environment as well.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS & DOORS

Reasons to change your old windows and doors to energy efficient versions

There are many reasons why energy efficient windows beat traditional windows hands down. They help you save money, keep your home warmer and are better for the environment too.

How to check the energy efficiency of your current windows and doors

The easiest way to do this is to head over to the ENERGY STAR website where you can check out the ratings listed on there. If your old windows at your Connecticut home are inefficient, it could be time to replace them with energy efficient models. Contact a qualified, trusted contractor such as Manchester Millwork who will install quality energy efficient windows and doors from top manufacturers such as Marvin brand windows and doors.

If you’re feeling technical, try checking the ‘solar heat gain coefficient’

There are other ways to check how energy efficient your windows and doors are. Although they are more complicated and require a professional, they are, nevertheless, still useful to know about. Checking the amount of radiant heat entering your home is one way to check energy efficiency, otherwise known as the ‘solar heat gain coefficient’ by those in the industry.

Determine the ‘u-factor’ and see how well your windows insulate

Another way that you might want to know about is by measuring the ‘u factor’. A measure of how well your windows keep the heat in by measuring heat flows from a room, through the window and outside. Look for lower numbers. This means your windows are insulating against the cold air outside.

Ways to get financial help for your energy efficient window and door replacement project

You might be eligible for tax credits towards your window or door replacement project. Simply head over to the ENERGY STAR website, then see whether there is anything available in your local area that can financially contribute to your new energy efficient windows and doors.
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10 Ways to Keep your Home Cozy this Winter!

There are many ways you can keep your Connecticut home warm during the cold winter months. Some are inexpensive, such as adding foil behind radiators to stop heat escaping. Others are more of an investment, such as replacing doors and windows, but will come at the long term benefit of helping you save on heating and utility bills. Here are our top ten tips to help keep your Connecticut home warm and cozy this winter.

  1. Replace your windows and doors. Windows and doors that have gaps around the edge and aren’t properly sealed will let out warm air and let the cold outside air inside. High quality window replacement and door replacement will help keep the heat in.
  2. Check over ventilation. Check your bathroom extractor fan to make sure it has a draft blocker so cold winter air isn’t blowing back into your house. Also make sure your ceiling fan direction is reversed between spring and fall.
  3. Maximise radiator heat. Consider lining the wall behind your radiator with tinfoil. This will reflect heat back into the room rather than it escaping. This isn’t just possible for radiators but other sources of heat around your home too.
  4. Insulate pipework. Think about insulating central heating and hot water pipes in non-living areas. This will help keep your home warmer and reduce heat loss. Pipe insulation can also be placed along cracks at the bottom of doors to prevent draughts.
  5. Use heated foot warmers. This one is particularly useful for people who spend lots of time at a desk at home. A great heated foot warmer that we recommend is the Cozy Products TT Toasted Toes Ergonomic Heated Foot Warmer.
  6. Block off chimney flues. Open chimneys will remove a lot of heat from your home. Thankfully there is an easy remedy which is a fireplace insert. This will reduce the amount of heat escaping up your chimney. Just make sure to remove it if you do decide to use your fire.
  7. Insulate attic doors. You may not have realised, but attic doors are a major source of heat loss in your home if they aren’t sufficiently insulated. If you suspect your home suffers this, head down to your local Lowe’s or Home Depot for advice and materials for this easy DIY job.
  8. Cover cold floors. If your house doesn’t have a cellar, it may suffer from cold floors and this can be a major source of heat loss. Prevent this by covering your floors with rugs and carpets to prevent as much heat loss as possible.
  9. Use wall and roof insulation. The major source of heat loss in many homes is through lack of suitably insulated roof spaces and walls. Although adding wall insulation is generally a contractors job, competent DIYers can usually easily add insulation to a loft.
  10. Use heaters sparingly. Although heaters can be useful to warm up a single room without having to turn the central heating on, they are expensive to run long term. So use them for short periods when it is particularly cold, but don’t leave them on for hours.

There are many inexpensive ways to keep your Connecticut home warm this winter, however, high quality windows and doors that are properly installed are perhaps the most important feature of your home, and they require an investment. Nevertheless, they are a worthwhile investment that can save you a lot of money in the long run, make your home more attractive, and keep your family safe & warm.

At Manchester Millwork, we have been focused on providing window and door replacement to residents of Connecticut for over 30 years. Based in Manchester, CT, we specialize in all your millwork needs, using only the best product and materials available.

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Signs your Windows Need Replacing

If you were asked how to check the condition of your windows, would you know what to look for? For many people, the answer is probably ‘no’. Yet windows make up one of the most important parts of our homes, keeping us safe and warm, whilst making our Connecticut homes look great on the outside too. As a guide, windows need changing every twenty years. But if you’re not sure how old your windows are, what else could you look for? This post mentions the five most common signs that window replacement is necessary at your Connecticut home.

How do I know I require Window Replacement?

Here are the five most common signs that your home requires window replacement:

  1. Sky-high utility bills. Old single pane windows tend to leak out warm air and let in cold air from outside, hiking up your energy bills. If you suspect this, hold a candle in each corner of your window or feel how cold your glass is. New windows contain argon gas which helps keep your room warm by keeping the heat in.
  2. Stiff or non-opening windows. If your window only opens with excessive pressure, or it doesn’t open at all, window replacement is definitely necessary. Opening and closing a window should not burn the same amount of calories as spending time in the gym.
  3. Leaking or rotten frames. Wooden windows rot easily due to continual exposure to moisture, which eventually causes decay. So, if you notice pools of water on your sills or floor, don’t just dismiss it. Even the smallest amount of moisture can cause rot. Use a window replacement contractor to make sure they are sealed tightly.
  4. Excessive noise. If you stand next to your old windows and find you can hear traffic in the distance, this probably means they need replacing. Old windows transfer sound into your rooms due to vibrations. Window replacement with new units will absorb the sounds and result in a quieter environment.
  5. Lots of condensation. Whilst condensation covered windows don’t necessarily indicate a problem, when this forms between panes, this indicates the seals around the window have failed and it’s time for window replacement to stop leakage.

I need replacement windows. Which installer should I choose?

Often, all that your windows need to perform at their best is a simple repair. However, eventually the existing windows on every home will require a total window replacement. If you have identified any of the signs mentioned in this post, you’ll want to think about window replacement soon.

We at Manchester Millwork consider ourselves to be a great choice, and we have the support of our clients to back it up. We have been in business in Manchester, Connecticut for over 30 years and are always on hand to offer advice on your windows + doors, no matter who you choose to do business with. We use the best products and materials available and have a longtime partnership with Marvin Windows and Marvin Doors, the best in the industry. We are here to ensure that your new windows not only look great, but that they perform their best and keep your family safe & warm, and your utility bills low.

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