Check out some ways to increase the energy efficiency of your windows
Windows are beautiful features in homes. They let natural light into the house, offer beautiful views, and allow fresh air to flow throw your home. Although they are great for the esthetic of your house widows are also one of the things most responsible for energy loss. Here are four tips for selecting the most energy efficient windows.
Install ENERGY STAR rated windows
ENERGY STAR is the mark used to identify top energy performers on the market. This quick easy guide highlights products that can save you money without compromising the products performance. Non-operable windows offer some of the highest ratings since they are the most air tight but there are plenty of operable windows (awning, casement, hopper or tilt and turn models) with closing mechanisms that that normally allow the most air tight seals.
Cover your windows
In the summer sunlight shinning through the window will heat up your house lower the energy efficiency of your home. An easy way to work around this is to have window coverings like curtains and blinds that can stop light and UV rays from heating up your home. In the winter you can also cover your windows with plastic using in home insulator kits found at your local hardware store. This acts as an extra layer of protection from the cold to increase the energy efficiency of your windows. The insulator kits are short term fix that could also be solved by installing triple glazed windows.
Consider installing triple glazed windows
Triple glazed windows or triple pane windows have three panes of glass separated by two spacers. With the extra layer between your home and the elements triple pane windows allow 20 – 30 % less UV values and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). This will lower the cost of heating and cooling your home.
Reapply Caulking as needed
If you notice the caulking around your windows is pealing and it’s time to reseal your windows to restore the energy efficiency of your windows. To apply new caulking you must first remove as much of the old caulking as possible and wash the area so the caulking can properly adhere to the window. You can then apply the caulking around the window. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself you can always call a window and door specialist in your area.
By having ENERGY STAR rated windows, properly covering your window, upgrading to triple glazed windows, and proper maintenance you will be able to cut energy costs and stay comfortable all year around.