New homeowners may not realize it, but the home’s hardware components and its utilities are in fact closely linked. This is true even for seemingly disparate items such as traditional wooden doors, wood windows, and the heating and air conditioning utility. How can wooden doors be linked to the electric bill? New homeowners may soon realize that drafts and air leaks can put a strain on the air conditioning, and these historic doors or traditional wooden doors, despite their charm, may need to be replaced. These old traditional wooden doors or wood doors may need to be replaced with modern doors or windows for security reasons, too, and such windows may also have window treatments installed on them. Sometimes, these traditional wooden doors may need to be retired in favor of something newer, and for good reason.
Climate Control and Doors and Windows
A home’s climate control is when the heater and air conditioner work to cool down or warm up a house to make it more comfortable. In summer, the air conditioner keeps the house from getting too warm, and during winter, the heater keeps everyone from getting too cold inside the house. The problem is that if the house’s hardware is compromised, climate control may become unnecessarily expensive and disrupted. Not only will thin or missing foam insulation in the windows or attic allow too much warm or cool air to escape, but worn out, old traditional wooden doors or windows may be a problem, too. These old windows or doors may be warped and worn out from many years of use, and thus may allow air to pass right through them. This is known as having a drafty window or door, and this disrupts the climate control. If warm or cool air is constantly leaking out, then the heater or air conditioner is forced to work overtime to compensate for that loss. And seeing how the HVAC system uses up half of a typical house’s electricity, it is clear why this situation will rapidly drive up the electric bill.
Not only that, but old traditional wooden doors or windows may be weakened from many years of use and thus will be easier for burglars to force their way into. Criminals may use simple tools or even their bare hands or feet to force their way into a home, meaning that old windows and traditional wooden doors are a major security issue. Besides that, these old wooden surfaces may be stained, have chipped paint, or termite damage, making them quite ugly. The good news is that all of these issues and more can be fixed when window and door contractors are hired to visit the premises and replace worn-out hardware. Similarly, kitchen remodelers may be hired to repair or replace the wood cabinets in the kitchen, a job difficult for homeowners to attempt alone.
A concerned homeowner may consult local hardware staff members for references, and also look online to find window and door contractors in their area. An Internet search query containing the homeowner’s home city/town or ZIP code will show them something local, such as “window replacement in Boston MA” or “door contractors in southern Los Angeles CA”. A homeowner may compare a few local contractors before choosing one to hire.
Once on the job, these contractors may remove old windows or doors safely and recommend a variety of models that may replace them. New windows and doors will be free of termite damage or chipped paint, and they will be tough and secure enough to resist burglary attempts on the house. What is more, these new windows and doors will be properly sealed and won’t have any drafts, and they may look very attractive and new in the house. This is a form of remodeling that is not only pleasant for the current homeowner, but will be enjoyed by the next one, too. Remodeling work such as this allows the homeowner to ask for a higher price when they sell their house, and many buyers may be willing to pay it. This means that remodeling rooms and thew windows and doors results in a high ROI, or return on investment. Window blinds and screens may also help, along with drapes.