Tips For More Energy Efficient Windows
Your home's windows play a big role in how comfortable your home stays...and in the cost of your heating and cooling bills. The more energy efficient your home's windows are, the cooler your home will stay in the summer and the warmer it will stay in the winter. And, the more comfortable your home is naturally, the less likely you are to have to crank up the heat or the air, and thus raise your heating and cooling costs. Fortunately, there are a great many things that you can do to make your windows more energy efficient, and these tips are worth trying even if you already think your windows are in pretty good shape. In fact, you'll likely be surprised at just how effective a few small changes can be.
Try Insulating with Putty
First of all, one thing that you can try is insulating your window with putty. You can use regular putty, or you can go to the hardware store and buy putty that is specifically made to help insulate windows.
This putty should be applied on the outside of your windows, all along the pane or panes. The putty, when applied properly, will seal off any small gaps that are allowing air to come in through your windows and affect your home. This is a cheap and easy fix that can be super effective, and it takes only a few minutes of your time.
Replace the Glass If Necessary
If you're having big problems with regulating your home's temperature, it may be time to take a careful look at your window glass. If it is old or overly thin, then think about having it professionally replaced with thicker, newer, and/or higher quality glass.
Having the glass replaced is typically much cheaper than having entirely new windows installed and can be just as effective at making your home more energy efficient. Plus, most window companies will gladly come out, look at your windows, and give you a glass replacement quote for free so that you'll know what to expect when it comes time to pay the bill!
Opt for Thick Drapes
Finally, one thing you can try is to invest in some thick thermal drapes for extra insulation.
A great pair of drapes can go a long way in reducing draftiness, making for a more comfortable home.
And, of course, if all else fails, you can always opt for new windows, but at least give these tricks a try first!