Are your old windows causing your energy bills to skyrocket? If so, you’re not alone. Many homeowners struggle with drafty windows that let in cold air during the winter and hot air during the summer, making it harder to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.
If you’re not ready to invest in a full window replacement or if you are doing your replacement in phases, we have some tips on maximizing the energy efficiency of your old windows.
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Don’t let your old windows drain your wallet and compromise your comfort. In this blog article, we’ll share ten easy tips to help you reduce energy loss and save money on your heating and cooling bills.
Tips To Improve Energy Efficiency
Replacing your old windows with new, energy efficient windows from an experienced window replacement contractor is the most impactful way to improve your home’s energy efficiency. However, there are ways that you can improve your old windows while you prepare for your window replacement. Don’t let your old windows drain your wallet and compromise your comfort— try these simple DIY tips!
1. Caulk Around Window Seams
Over time, the caulk around your windows can begin to break down. Caulk secures your windows from the elements, insects and even pollen. If your caulk is severely worn down, it can let air pass through your home and make your HVAC system work harder to keep your home at its set temperature.
Replacing your caulk will help insulate your windows and protect your home from insects and allergens. Plus, the new caulk makes a big aesthetic difference! Most people match the caulk color to the paint color of their trim, or there are clear options available.
2. Replace Or Add Weather Stripping Around Window Seams
Weather stripping is another simple way to improve the insulation of your windows. It is an added layer of protection on top of the caulk. Weather stripping can be purchased at most big box stores and can easily be applied yourself. Weather stripping can help reinforce caulking and ensure that all tiny holes are reinforced.
3. Replacing Old Windows With Inserts
You may be able to save some money on your window replacement by purchasing window inserts instead. If your frame is in good shape (meaning it’s not bent or misshapen), this may be a viable alternative for your home.
A window insert is simply replacing the glass in your window. They are less expensive than a full window replacement. You can purchase an average size window insert for around $200-$400 and install it yourself, or you can hire a contractor.
It should be noted that if you have significant wood rot around your window or if your window frame is misshapen, this may not be an option for you.
4. Install Storm Windows
Storm windows are another DIY option to improve the energy efficiency of your windows. Storm windows are installed on top of your current windows. They can be put on the exterior and interior of your windows.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, low-e exterior or interior storm windows can save you 10-30% on heating and cooling costs, depending on the type of window you currently have. Storm windows also help sound proof your home.
5. Install Outdoor Awnings Above Your Windows
Installing awnings on the exterior of your home will help block sunlight from entering. Awnings are especially popular on windows overlooking porches and other outdoor areas. Adding shade to your exterior and indoor spaces will help keep heat from penetrating your home, and it will also be less wear on your glass. Whether you use awnings to help improve energy efficiency of your old windows or as a preventative measure, they are good for both aesthetic and function!
6. Install Exterior Functional Shutters
Another solution that improves the aesthetics and energy efficiency of your home is installing exterior, functional shutters on the outside of your windows. If you’re handy, exterior shutters can be a fairly easy DIY weekend project. Being able to close the shutters and shield your home from harmful solar rays will help improve the energy efficiency of your windows and extend the life of your window films and coatings.
7. Try Out New Window Coverings
If your windows are nearing the end of their useful life or you don’t currently have any window coverings, consider installing new blinds, shutters or drapes. This will help provide more insulation to your existing windows.
8. Add Energy Efficient Curtains To Your Space
Any easy interior project that can be accomplished in a few hours (or less!) is installing new black-out curtains. Blackout curtains help block sunlight and solar heat in your home. This will certainly help keep your home cooler in summer months.
However, this is merely a Band-Aid fix. If your windows are past their useful life, it’s important to replace them in a timely manner.
9. Add Solar-Blocking Window Film
Window films are extremely easy to install and come in a variety of options. While they are not as durable or as strong as ones made by the manufacturer, window films can be purchased on Amazon or other home improvement stores. They can help provide your windows with more functionality and energy efficiency.
10. Add Decorative Stained Glass Or Other Types Of Window Films
Window films are a fun and functional way to block sunlight. They come in a variety of options such as stained glass, tinted and more. Decorative window film options won’t yield as much energy efficiency as solar blocking ones, but they can be a fun way to block sunlight and improve the aesthetics of your home.
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By implementing the tips discussed in this blog article, you can improve the energy efficiency of your old windows and enjoy a more comfortable living space. Regular maintenance tasks such as cleaning your windows, inspecting the frames for signs of damage and replacing worn-out weatherstripping or seals will help your windows operate effectively.
It should be noted that Band-Aid solutions will only work for so long. If you’re worried about how much longer your windows will last, have them inspected! It’s free, and it will give you a realistic idea of how much more life is left in your windows.
Window PRO has served Dearborn and Southeast Michigan homeowners since 1923. We’re a top-rated Dearborn window replacement company and are proud of the accolades we’ve earned from our customers. We offer high quality window replacement and have a large selection of windows, including highly rated windows from Provia and Marvin. If you’re ready to get started on your window replacement, we’d love to see if we’d be a good fit for your project. Contact us today to set up your free, no-hassle consultation.