Windows are an essential element of your home. They illuminate rooms with daylight, let you see outside, increase the value of your property and its curb appeal. What many homeowners fail to understand is that windows can also save you money on heating and power bills, but only if they are energy efficient.
Because windows are big holes in your walls, they are responsible for 25%-30% of the energy used for heating and cooling. And to save energy, they need to be adequately insulated to increase the energy saving in your home.
It is good for the environment since your home leaves a smaller carbon footprint, and for your budget since it minimizes your bills, among its many benefits. To raise energy efficiency in your home, start with your windows.
Updating Existing Windows for Higher Efficiency
If your windows are still relatively new or in good condition, all you have to do is to update them and take steps to increase their efficiency. It is the better option since it’s the more cost-effective and less time-consuming option. To achieve greater energy efficiency use these steps to improve your existing windows:
- Check for air leaks using an open flame near closed windows;
- Caulk the windows to seal off cracks and air leaks;
- Check and change the weather strip on your windows;
- Add interior coverings like window blinds, quilts, drapes or curtains;
- Add exterior coverings like shutters, shades, awnings, and solar window screens;
- Add storm windows or weather panels;
Whatever option you choose, install the improvements correctly to ensure there are no air leaks. When finished, test the windows for air leaks again to check the results.
Replacing Your Windows with Energy Efficient Windows
If you determine that no improvement will increase the efficiency of your windows due to their age or state, it’s time to replace your windows. Examine the existing frame and discuss options and features with a trained expert:
- Frame types
- Number of panes
- Glazing types
- Gas fills and spacers
- Operation types
After you determine what type of replacement windows to get – focus your attention on energy use, labels, and proper installation. Look for an ENERGY STAR label and an energy performance label from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).
NFRC energy performance ratings tell you how efficient the windows are at conserving energy. On the other hand, the ENERGY STAR label is proof of quality and ensures the new windows you end up choosing are certified energy efficient windows.
When you find the perfect replacement windows for your home, take steps to hire professionals to install them correctly. It’s important to leave the job to the experts since they have the tools and experience to make an air-tight seal and prevent any cold air from seeping into the house.
Ready to make your windows energy efficient? Here at 1-800-HANSONS, we know what to do. Using only the highest quality materials and tools available, our experienced team of specialists can work with you to every last detail to ensure specifically your new windows are what you want. Contact us today to schedule a FREE estimate, and let’s start working on making your home energy efficient.