How to Make Sure Your Windows are Energy-Efficient

reduce heating costsWith winter quickly on its way, many homeowners are thinking about replacing their old, drafty windows. However, making a switch to brand new, energy-efficient windows can be quite expensive – ranging between $8,000 and $15,000 or more for the typical home. Regardless of the fact that windows account for over 30 percent of the average home’s heating losses, despite their age, there are steps you can take to help improve your home’s overall comfort all while lowering your energy bills.
If your existing windows are in somewhat good condition, attaching storm windows, especially low-e or low-emissivity storm windows – will boost comfort and energy efficiency by about a quarter of what total replacement would cost. Other steps that can be taken to help ensure windows are more energy efficient are found here.

Repair Existing Windows

Check each window to ensure there is no missing glass, broken parts, water or air leakage or rotting wood. If there are some obvious leaks around the window frame, then weatherization should fix the issue. This will help increase cooling and heating efficiency.

Hang Heavy Curtains

Believe it or not, heavy curtains that fall below the actual window will help reduce energy loss through your windows. If you are not going to be in a room, be sure these curtains are drawn to keep head in when it is colder out and heat out during warmer months.

Use Ultraviolet Window Film

If overheating is a serious issue, then reflective or ultraviolet window film can be used on the inside of the unit. Overheating typically occurs during hotter months, causing the space to become uncomfortably warm. There are a number of films available that are self-adhesive, allowing you to easily make rooms more efficient and comfortable.
The good news is, complete replacement is not always necessary when windows are not as efficient as they could be. For more information, contact Bienvenu Brothers at (504) 835-7783 today.