5 Steps to Make Your Windows More Energy Efficient

By: Tracy Phelan

5 Steps to Make Your Windows More Energy Efficient

Tags: Energy Saving

5 Steps to Make Your Windows More Energy-Efficient

 

The windows in your home are responsible for about 30 percent of its heat loss – regardless of their age. Making your windows as energy-efficient as possible will help keep more money in your wallet. While you may think replacing your home’s windows is the only way to make them more energy-efficient, there are other, less expensive ways to do it. Follow the 5-step guide below to make your windows more energy-efficient.

Step 1: Inspect Your Existing Windows

The first step in making your home’s windows more energy-efficient is to inspect them for missing glass, rotting wood, air or water leaks, and broken parts. If there are any major leaks around the frame of the window, you’ll need to repair them before continuing.

Step 2: Install Storm Windows

If you’re still concerned about the efficiency of your windows, installing Low-E storm windows as an added layer of protection on the inside or outside of the windows will make a big difference. Low-e windows are a tad more expensive than clear glass windows, but their energy-efficiency over their clear counterparts is well worth the expense, paying for themselves in as little as 2-4 years.

Step 3: Ensure a Good Storm Window Fit

Your new storm windows can only do their job if they fit your existing windows well. While many big-box retailers sell standard size storm windows, it’s a good idea to have your windows custom-fit to ensure their efficiency. If you’re the DIY type, you can make the measurements and order the windows yourself. Otherwise, hiring a window professional is the best way to make sure your new storms fit and are installed correctly.

Step 4: Ask Your Utility Company About Incentives

Many utility companies offer incentives for making energy-efficiency upgrades to your home. Be sure to find out if your utility company offers such incentives for Low-e storm windows and check energy.gov/savings for more information.

Step 5: Keep Your Storms on All Year

Many people think storm windows should only be in place during the cold winter months. While they certainly do help with heating bills in the winter, storm windows can also help keep your cooling costs low in the summer. Unlike the storm windows of yesteryear that had to be removed, today’s Low-e storms are permanent fixtures that can be opened and closed as needed, and they come with screens, too. By keeping your new storm windows in place all year long, you can save as much as $300 or more a year on your heating and cooling bills.

Your home’s windows play a huge role in how much you spend each year to heat and cool your home. If your windows are less efficient than they should be, follow the steps outlined above to make them more energy-efficient without dishing out huge wads of cash on window replacements.

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