One reason that people consider replacement windows in San Jose, CA is because they’re trying to make their homes more environmentally friendly. As people try to reduce their carbon footprints on the Earth and try to individually do their part to address climate change, they often look where it’s easiest to make changes: at themselves and in their homes.
There are many things you can do to make your home more environmentally friendly.
One thing that you can do is to conserve water usage in your home. If you have leaks, get them fixed. When you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, turn the water off. Install low-flow shower heads (which can save up to over 42,000 gallons of water a year for a family of four).
Another thing that you can do to make your home more environmentally friendly is to have a smart thermostat installed. Smart thermostats can make sure that your HVAC system runs efficiently (for example, if no one is home, then the smart thermostat can stop heating or cooling until you and your family return home, saving energy throughout the day) and are remotely adjustable using a smartphone.
Insulation is also key to making your home more environmentally friendly. While some homes are built with adequate insulation, many homes are not. The best places to increase the insulation in your home is on the roof, the walls, and the basement.
You should also make sure that exterior doors are well insulated. When your replacement windows are installed, the professional team of installers will ensure that the windows are perfectly insulated. They can also check all the exterior doors in your home and do any additional insulation that is needed.
If your home has hardwood floors, it will be colder during the winter months. Having area rugs or carpeting will help your home stay warmer and will require less energy usage, making your home more environmentally friendly.
Another simple way to make your home more environmentally friendly is to switch out your incandescent light bulbs with LED light bulbs. Not only do LED light bulbs last longer (some up to 13 years), but they use less electricity.
Many people don’t realize that their water heaters can be a key to a more environmentally friendly home. Most water heaters are installed with a default temperature of 140 degrees. Not only is this temperature dangerous for children and elderly people, who may not know or remember how to turn the tap down to a non-scalding temperature, but it wastes energy.
Lower the water heater temperature to 120 degrees so that the maximum hot water temperature is ideal for a bath or shower, without posing the risk of having your family members scalded when they get into the tub or the shower.
Window replacements are a big part of making your home environmentally friendly. If your home is more than 15 years old, then your windows are likely showing signs of wear and tear. If they don’t open and close easily or correctly, then your windows are causing a lot of energy loss and they are costing you more in energy bills.
Replacement windows come in many different types and styles. They are professionally installed so that they give you maximum energy efficiency, with the bonus of a beautifully, transforming look that will increase the value and curb appeal of your home.