Drafty windows can run up the cost of conditioning the air in your home since windows are one of the main areas where homes lose heat in the winter and gain it in the summer. Air leaks around windows make your home uncomfortable and add to your energy costs. But weatherizing windows is simple enough and can make your home more energy efficient.
Install Insulated Curtains
Just as insulation in your walls helps to prevent heat exchange, so can insulating your windows with lined curtains. These curtains stop the heat loss via conduction, radiation, air infiltration and convection — the four main avenues of heat loss.
In the summer, the outdoor heat will seek to move indoors. Insulated curtains work as a barricade to prevent that movement. The movement is reversed in winter as heat will move outdoors and insulated curtains can help to prevent this movement as well.
Seal Drafty Windows
There are a number of ways to seal windows, including the use of weatherstripping. Consider using V-seal weatherstripping, as this will fit along the sides of sash windows. Your windows will still be able to open and shut freely with it in place. Caulk, such as rope caulk, can also be useful for cracks since it can be molded to fit the gaps. Cracked panes can be filled with clear nail polish as a temporary fix.
These are more expensive, but they can provide permanent fixes for any heat transfer problems. These solutions range from the addition of interior storm panels to the complete replacement of windows. Note that replacing windows is a job for a professional, though you’ll still be able to pick the frame materials that you prefer.
If you need more information on weatherizing windows and making your home energy efficient, contact us at Detmer and Sons, Inc.. We’ve been providing Dayton residents with high-quality HVAC services for almost 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Dayton, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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