With the weather really heating up and summer only promising to get warmer, in our home we’re thinking about ways to improve the energy efficiency of our home and help reduce our cooling bills (and winter heating bills). Living out in the country, it’s important for us to stay on top on energy efficient improvements and while I’ve always thought this process started indoors, I’ve recently learned that the exterior of our home is what helps make it energy efficient. You see, we moved into our last home immediately after it was built and knew the details of our windows, doors, siding and roof. Since we lived there for less than ten years, we didn’t need to make many energy efficient changes or upgrades. But when we moved out in the country, we bought a pre-existing home that has already had many years of providing happy memories for families. As we went through the inspection process, we were given a list of ways to make our home more energy efficient and with those in hand, Sears Home Services was the perfect place to start with the changes we wanted to make!
I’ll be honest and say that while purchasing our forever home, I learned more than my fair share about quality homes and the things that can be done to keep them looking and functioning their best. I was educated on heating and cooling systems but more importantly, I was taught that when the times comes to make improvements (or simply make maintenance decisions), keeping energy efficiency in mind can make a BIG difference! While the list of ways to make a home more energy efficient are endless, when it comes to the exterior of my home, I’ve discovered that there are four major improvements to consider. Want to know what they are? Read on and you might just be surprised at how simple it is to increase your home’s energy efficiency when it comes to make changes or uprades!
Think About Getting More from Your Roof
Think all roofs are the same and it’s just there to keep you dry? Think again! That area over the top of your home can make all the difference in how energy efficient you home is. Not only does energy efficient roofing help maintain optimal indoor temperature but it’s also a perfect way to maximize your energy efficiency all year long! In addition to helping keep you home cool in the summer and warm in the winter (and keeping out those pesky things like snow and rain), energy efficient roofing can help lower your monthly bills and save you money!
So, how do you know when it’s time to replace your roof and how do you choose the one that’s most energy efficient? I’m so glad you asked! I recently learned that on average, a roof lasts 20 to 25 years. However, that’s just a ballpark estimate and this number can be impacted by a variety of factors like hail damage, poor attic ventilation, low-quality roofing materials or poor roof installation! If you’re thinking that you’re ready to replace your roof, be sure to ask these four easy questions to help you make the determination! But what do you do once you determine that replacing your roof will indeed increase the energy efficiency of your home? For us, as we’re beginning this process, calling Sears has been the right answer! With same day/next day appointments available for roofing replacement projects and limited lifetime warranties on roofing installation and replacement services, Sears is a great place to start when considering a roofing project! Add to that their complete, turn-key project management that includes measuring, ordering, permits and scheduling and it’s the smart choice for those of us who are in the market for energy efficient roofing! Plus, right now you can save $500 on Roofing purchases of $1,500 or more at Sears! This offer is only valid through October 31, 2017 though so if a new roof is on your mind, act now!
Choose the Right Windows and Doors
While in my mind the roof makes the biggest difference when choosing energy efficient exterior projects, it’s important to remember that windows and doors make a big difference as well! Just think about it….windows and doors are basically openings to the outside of your home. If they aren’t installed correctly or have any gaps, they can let air out and in.
I recently had it explained to me by my more than patient hubby that all windows and doors are not made alike. There are single pane, double pane, insulated…the list goes on. That’s where Sears Home Experts can help! Sears Home Experts are the vinyl windows expert with over 2,000 styles from bay and bow windows to double-hung and tilt-in design! In addition to their amazing variety of energy efficient windows, they also have a variety of shutter color options to ensure that you can find just the right look for your home while still keeping the cool air inside where you want it! While the variety may be overwhelming, these top ten buying tip for new windows are a perfect place to start when considering windows that are best for your home! The best part is, right now you can save up to $325 on new window purchases of $1,500 or more at Sears! Some restrictions do apply so find out today if the windows of your dreams are just a phone call away!
Siding Choice Makes a Difference
While we’ve covered two of the biggest areas when it comes to making a home energy efficient, the final area to consider is your siding. I’ve had different types of siding on the houses I’ve owned and let me tell you, I’ve noticed a HUGE difference! In our old home, I could never keep the house cool. Our new home is a whole different story and I think a lot of that boils down to having siding that increases our energy efficiency! Sears offers trusted Weatherbeater® siding that brings three levels of American made Energy Star-approved vinyl siding options that have surfaces that won’t scratch, peel or flake off!
In addition to looking great, Weatherbeater® siding is also weather resistant, low maintenance and durable making it an easy-care, low-cost option compared to other types of siding! Even better, Sears offers three grades of energy-efficient vinyl siding in popular colors that are backed by a great warranty to ensure they have the right product to meet every home owner’s need! Before starting your siding project, find out which siding materials will give you the greatest return on your home investment. Then contact Sears to find out more about siding installation that includes foam insulation for increased energy efficiency. And right now, you can save $500 on siding purchases of $1,500 or more!
As the weather continues to heat up (or even before it starts cooling down) now is the time to consider making energy efficient changes to the exterior of your home. Take a look at the improvements above and then consider taking on one or all of them with help from Sears to ensure your home offers the protection from the weather that it’s intended to! Start today by scheduling your free in-home consultation with a Sears Home Services expert!
Then tell me, what energy-efficient upgrades have you made or are you considering making to your home?