windows-and-doorsWindows and doors might not seem like the most mind blowing topic, but stick with us. We promise this is going somewhere…

Having the right windows and doors can make a huge difference in the way your house uses energy. Do you know how to keep your house safe and comfortable without paying an arm and a leg in heating and cooling costs? Test your knowledge with the following facts. You might be surprised by one or two of them!

More than 25% of the average home’s energy bills go towards air that escapes through inefficient windows, skylights, and glazed doors

That means that a quarter of the money you’re paying to the energy company each month is wasted! Fortunately, you can cut energy costs by as much as 15% simply by installing windows with double-pane insulated glass, heat-resistant coatings, airtight frames, and Energy Star ratings.

New windows can yield a return on investment of at least 70%

The cost depends on the number of windows you are replacing and the materials you choose, but overall, you can expect the value of your home to increase and the money you spend to be exceeded by the amount you save.

Replacement windows generally last between 15 and 20 years

It’s true; if you properly maintain your windows, they can remain incredibly efficient for years to come. Regular maintenance and care include checking that hardware is operating smoothly, making sure exposed screws are tightened securely, cleaning dirt or dust from window sills and tracks, and making sure wooden windows have adjusted to humidity levels after installation.

About 33% of intruders enter a home through the front door

You always imagine a burglar climbing through a kitchen window or picking the lock on the back door. Many, however, come right in through the front. Hollow doors are especially easy to kick in. To keep your home and you family safe, replace a hollow or old wood door with a new solid wood or metal clad one.

A fiberglass entry door replacement yields an average 82.3% return on investment

Easy to maintain, energy efficient, incredibly secure, and beautifully crafted, fiberglass doors are a durable alternative to steel or wood.

Installing awnings reduce a window’s solar heat gain by as much as 77%

Awnings are generally made from synthetic materials that are water-repellent and fabricated to resist fading and mildew. Ventilation keeps the hot air from becoming trapped around the window. Make sure you choose a light-colored awning to reflect more sunlight. Light-colored shades can also reduce a window’s solar heat gain by as much as 43%.

How do your windows and doors measure up? Feel free to post a comment or question below.