How To Make Your Windows More Energy Efficient
Prevent heat from slipping through the cracks
During the summer your house is at constant war with the sun. The shingles on your roof are battling back its beating rays. Your walls are deflecting its heat. Meanwhile, your windows are letting intruding light pour into your house.
However, that does not mean you have to let the sun get the upper hand when it comes to keeping your house cool and efficient.
The Heat Transfer Constant
Heat from outside your home is always trying to equalize with the lower temperature inside your home.
This process is known as heat transfer, and it‘s based on the same principle that causes ice cubes to melt in a glass of water.
When your windows allow excess heat into your home, it takes a lot more energy to keep your home comfortable.
How Do I Fix It?
Not to worry. Options exist to remedy this situation for any sized budget.
Low budget option: Insulated curtains or blinds
Pros: This is a less expensive option for improving your windows ability to reduce heat transfer, and it’s effective. Insulated window curtains come in all manner of shapes and sizes, shop around a bit to look for the best price. Energy efficient blinds are also a great solution.
Cons: A major downside to this solution is that you must pull the blinds for them to insulate. Which will spoil any view you may enjoy on days when the temperature is at extremes.
Medium budget option: Check and replace the caulking
Pros: If the caulking around your windows is cracked or old, replace or recaulk it. This can be done yourself if you’re handy with a caulking gun, but might require the help of a professional if you’re not. The benefit is that it’s a great way to seal up your home without breaking the bank or spoiling your view.
Cons: Sometimes caulking alone is not enough to do the trick. If your windows are thin or just too old to repair, you may need to go another route.
Big budget option: Install energy saving windows
Pros: It's an effective solution to many of your window energy woes. The Department of Energy recommends this solution if your windows are just too old or worn out around the edges to effectively stop heat transfer.
Cons: The cost can be prohibitive for a lot of people, and if you only replace some of your windows as opposed to ALL of them, the effectiveness is reduced. Which means this is a big one time hit to your pocketbook.
Any one of these solutions will help your windows when they are doing battle with extreme temperatures. And it also means you will be using less energy, which is not only good for the planet, but good for your wallet as well.
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