While there are many ways to go about saving energy in your home, most of them do involve sacrificing some element of modern convenience, to at least some extent. That being said, properly insulating your home can reduce your heating and cooling bills greatly, and you do not need to sacrifice anything except a small amount of time and money initially. Plus, when you consider the energy savings, it really does not cost you any money at all, in the long run. If you want to make a huge difference, all you need to do is switch your siding and windows out for ones that are more energy efficient. For those in the Denver metro area, 1st Choice Windows and Siding is the first place you should call.
There are plenty of reasons to replace your siding, and insulation is only one of them. That being said, if it comes time to replace your siding, you might as well select siding that is going to improve your energy efficiency, rather than get in its way. There are a few different options, when it comes to siding, but some are definitely better than others at keeping heat within your home. Aluminum is one example of siding that is not good for insulation. Aluminum, as a substance, is too good a conductor to be any good for insulation. That coupled with the fact that aluminum siding panels are hollow make it a very bad choice for homeowners who are trying to make their home more efficient. Vinyl siding has many of the same advantages that aluminum has, except it is a good insulator. Both are fairly durable at holding up to harsh weather and both are waterproof and do not require much upkeep. The biggest difference is simply the fact that vinyl siding is actually good for energy efficiency. So, vinyl siding installation will more than justify itself, once you see how much lower your energy bills will be.
The other big thing you need to worry about, when it comes to your external insulation, is your windows. Windows are points of entry for cold air and moisture, so it is important that you have them properly sealed. This will not only prevent water damage to your home, but it will also keep your home more insulated, which reduces energy consumption. The only thing you need to figure out is which type of windows will have the best effect. While it is clear that aluminum windows are not the best choice for energy efficiency, the others are not as easy to weed out. Vinyl windows, for instance are much better than aluminum ones at improving energy efficiency. They are also waterproof and durable, in terms of holding up against harsh weather. If you currently have aluminum windows in your home, vinyl windows are a definite step in the right direction. That being said, they are not as good as fiberglass windows, which are considered the top tier, in terms of energy efficiency.