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Celebrate the Color Green - 3 Energy Efficient Upgrades To Use In Your Home

Posted on March 15, 2019

Energy Efficient Windows Quad Cities

Don't just go green for St. Patrick's Day. Go green all year long.

March is the month of green, and that rule can apply to your house as well. Here we're not talking about the color green, but rather making eco-friendly upgrades to your home that save you both energy and money. You'd be surprised at the number of options you have on this front. Let's go over some of the most popular ways to become more energy efficient this year.


When you hear about energy efficient home upgrades, one of the first things that will come up in conversation is energy efficient windows. There are a few ways the right windows will help you save energy. By insulating your home more tightly, they'll keep less air from getting in or escaping out, so your HVAC system won't have to work so hard to heat and cool your home. They can also add more light to a room so that you can rely less on electrical lighting during the day or, on a nice day, they might be opened for ventilation. You can measure a window's energy efficiency by taking a look at the NFRC label. At Mainstream, we offer all the popular window styles as well as energy saving insulating glass.


Your entry doors are also a great way to boost your energy efficiency. Like windows, they can help to tightly seal your home, keeping heat from escaping and keeping outside air from getting in. This largely depends on the durability of your doors. Mainstream offers entry doors from Therma-Tru, one of the best and most efficient entry door manufacturers on the market today. They manufacture fiberglass doors that can take on the finished look of wood, but stand up to the elements for much longer with far less maintenance. Fiberglass is also one of the more efficient options available and sure to help you in your commitment to going green.


The energy efficiency of your siding might be discussed less, but it is important. Your siding, after all, wraps around your house and protects your in-wall insulation, so poor siding is sure to result in excess heating and cooling that runs up both your energy usage and your HVAC bills. Mainstream offers premium vinyl siding from Charter Oak which is designed to take on the exact look of wood. Unlike wood, however, vinyl siding won't rot, warp, or swell. It's durable, has a natural thermal resistance that makes it efficient, and as an added bonus, it's very low maintenance.

Interested in going green this year? Let Mainstream Home Improvement help! Contact us today for more information or a free estimate.

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