The cost of maintaining your Aurora home can add up to more than the cost of your home over the time that you own it. Seemingly small costs can add up to a lot year after year. Energy costs can add up the fastest, and yet they are among the easiest costs to control. In addition to making lifestyle changes, such as turning off lights when not in the room, you can also make upgrades to your home to improve its energy efficiency.
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Here are a few things you can do to make your Aurora home more energy-efficient:
Replace the Windows
Your windows could be letting air out or in, whether they are open or not. During the winter, cold air could be streaming in while warm out filters out, making for frigid temperatures inside. By installing vinyl windows, you help to create a more stable internal temperature.
Vinyl windows help to keep heat inside during the winter and to keep it out during the summer. They accomplish this with superior insulation from multiple layers of glass on each pain, padded with pockets of air. Vinyl windows are like invisible insulation for your home.
Replace the Doors
Your doors are another place that can let air flow in and out of your home, driving up your heating and cooling costs. Choose a thick exterior door that has interior insulation to provide a barrier between your home and the elements.
Also choose insulated interior doors. These will create an additional layer of padding for each room, helping to prevent the loss of heating or cooling from room to room.
Upgrade the Insulation
Of course, the quality of your insulation has a big impact on the energy efficiency of your home, especially in a place like Aurora, where the winters are so cold. Choose insulation that has the highest R value you can afford.
Look into spray foam insulation for your home, as well. This insulation is sprayed onto the walls as a liquid, but it dries as a hard foam that creates a near impenetrable layer of protection.
Improving the energy efficiency of your home will not only bring down your energy costs, but it will also increase the overall value of your home. If you are ready to start, check this offer from Aurora windows companies for the best value on vinyl windows. Then talk to contractors about upgrades to your doors and insulation.