Your windows are an essential part of your home, but in the winter, they can also be a significant area of concern for heat loss from the house. Thankfully, with new options in window designs, homeowners can enjoy lower heating bills throughout the winter months as well as lower cooling bills in the summer.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat loss through old, inefficient types of single and even double pane windows can account for up to 25-30% of the total energy loss from a home. The good news is that this money can be quickly recouped by installing new, energy efficient windows that are optimized specifically for the weather in your region of the country.
There are several ways a homeowner can help to reduce heat loss with older window designs. Keep in mind, this will not completely stop the loss of energy, nor will it offer the same results as new energy efficient windows. However, it is possible to reduce the inefficiency of older windows with a few simple tips.
- Caulk around windows – If there are any gaps in the frame of the windows and the sill, or around the exterior of the window and the house, caulking these areas can prevent cold air drafts from entering the house and heat from escaping.
- Replace old weatherstripping – Sometimes the space between the window and the wall has been blocked using weatherstripping. Over time, this can pack down or move, allowing a draft. Removing old weatherstripping and replacing it with new can help to reduce the gap and air flow.
- Plastic sheets or window film – There are some options for heavy plastic sheets or window film that can be used to add an additional layer of protection. These are not ideal solutions, and they may prevent clear vision from the window. They also impact the aesthetics of the home, so choosing the best quality material is essential.
- Repair any damaged windows – Windows with cracks or chips should be replaced before the winter cold arrives. These damaged areas of glass are more likely to break with temperature changes.
- Invest in heavy curtains – Heavy curtains are also an option to add an additional layer of insulation. Of course, keeping the curtains closed is important, which leaves a home looking dark and drab. Curtains can be opened in the afternoon to let in heat, then closed again when the sun goes down.
The best option to consider in lieu of all this preparation and temporary insulation is to replace old, inefficient windows with new, energy efficient designs. Let our team at Leap Windows, Doors & More show you the options, the efficiency ratings, and explain how our windows can save you money in winter as well as in the summer!