When you think about your windows, you probably appreciate the light they bring in and the glimpses of the outdoors they give you. Most likely, you don’t picture them with energy dollars flying out. However, if your windows aren’t properly maintained, that’s exactly what could be happening.
If you think about it, a window is basically a hole in the wall with glass in it. Holes let air in and out, and glass does nothing to stop heat from moving where it isn’t wanted. That doesn’t mean windows are bad to have in your home. It just means that you have to be smart about maintaining them.
For example, if you live in an old home that has never had the windows replaced, there is a chance that new, energy-efficient windows might return some or all of their cost to you in energy savings. Even if you are not interested in replacing your windows, you have several options for making your current windows more energy efficient.
- Install storm windows. When properly installed, storm windows are good for stopping air transfer from outside to inside.You have many options when it comes to storm windows, making it likely that you can find something that fits what you need.
- Hang curtains or other window treatments. Although curtains and blinds aren’t very useful for stopping air flow, they are good at blocking heat from transferring in during the summer or out during the winter.
- Caulk air leaks. Perhaps one of the least expensive but most effective solutions, caulking your window frames to stop air leaks can do wonders for your energy bill. Since caulk can shrink or crumble, make sure to check it periodically and reapply as needed.
- Add weatherstripping. If you have any openable windows, even if you don’t typically open them, apply weatherstripping to create a seal when they’re closed.
- Shade your windows. Awning provides shade that will keep down heat transfer in the summer. Bushes or trees can have a similar benefit.