Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency with ENERGY STAR Windows and Doors

Do you have ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors? If so, you've likely already experienced the increased savings in heating and cooling costs, improved comfort, extra daylight, and lower sound transmission. If not, you could save between 7 to 12%, on your energy bills by upgrading.

Windows and doors are both extremely important in your home's décor, comfort, and safety - but they may also be costing you more than you know. If you sit beside a window on a cold winter day and can feel a draft, chances are heat or air is escaping through this route. If there's an excessive amount of condensation on your windows and doors, this should serve as a warning that there's an air leak where energy may be escaping.

Today, windows and doors come in a variety of designs and materials which can reduce heat and air flow and therefore, reduce energy loss. ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors are specially designed using technologically advanced materials to reduce the rate of energy loss, thereby preventing unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and saving you money. You can save $250-$500* per year in energy costs when replacing single pane windows with ENERGY STAR® qualified models.

So, what makes a window or door energy efficient? Multiple panes of glass are often used to reduce heat and air flow. Doors are built with improved core materials such as fibreglass, wood cladding, and steel with a polyurethane foam core. These are among the most energy-efficient door materials available. An energy-efficient window or door will also be tighter fitting with improved weather stripping. New frames will include a tighter seal that reduces air leakage around the edges.

To find the best ENERGY STAR® windows and doors for your home, you must first determine what climate zone you live in (Zone A-D). It's important that the product you buy is rated for the correct climate zone. Or to save even more money, you can choose a product designed for a colder zone. Look for the ENERGY STAR® logo on the products you buy to ensure you're getting superior quality.

You can find energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors at The Home Depot. The Eco Options approved Masonite Providence Centre Arch Steel Entry Door features an insulated polyurethane core which is a durable, low-maintenance alternative to a wood door. The zinc detailed decorative insert is made with tempered glass for added safety and security. This door comes primed and ready to paint; it's a great option if you're ready to replace your exterior doors.

And don't forget: The Home Depot offers professional installation too. Call 1-800 HOME DEPOT to book your in-home consultation.

If you aren't ready to replace all of your windows and doors, be sure to draft-proof your home to fix leaks where energy is escaping. One of the steps in draft-proofing your home involves adding weather stripping to windows; follow these step by step instructions to apply your own weather stripping.

Remember, energy loss includes both heat in the winter months and cool air in the summer months. So it's always a good time to replace or repair your windows and doors to save energy.

* Cost savings are based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's data for northern-most states. Climate in these regions are assumed to closely reflect the climate in the most populated regions of Canada, close to the border.

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