Monday, August 17, 2015

How Your Windows Are Affecting Your Home Budget

Not a lot of people realize just how much a window can affect their living comfort—and budget. While windows may provide a glorious view of the outside from the living room, they could also be costing you a great deal of money. Some of these expenses can come in the form of repairing or replacing furniture and coverings within the home.

Energy Costs

A single-pane window has potential to affect the energy efficiency of the home. During the cold months, it can drop the temperature within the room making it more difficult to regulate heat. In the summer, the sunlight can do the opposite by making the house warmer. In either case, your HVAC system is continuously working to keep the interiors at a specific temperature. This will increase your energy bills every month, from the electricity of the blower to the gas of the furnace.

UV Damage and Repair

Over time, ultraviolet light begins to break down a myriad of surfaces and can be harmful to human skin, as well. UV exposure is why paints fade, leathers crack, and people get sunburns or dark spots. While it could take years for such an occurrence to happen, the damage of UV on the home is permanent. As time marches on, you'll wind up spending a lot of money repairing furniture, and replacing carpets and drapes due to the effects of excessive sunlight.

There are many ways you can reduce your monthly expenses and prevent lasting UV damage to your home’s interior. Tinting windows and weatherstripping are some ways you can minimize energy loss in your home.

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