There are many small ways that you can make your home more energy efficient. When it comes to decreasing your dependency on your heating and air conditioning appliances and lowering your utility bills, it is a good idea to focus on the windows.The windows can be a problem spot when it comes to leaking air and loss of insulation. The main problem is that as windows age they become less efficient.
Of course, some window products are more energy efficient than others. This article explains a couple of simple job that you can do yourself to increase the efficiency of all your window fixtures.
Adding Insulation to Your Movable Windows
The most common problem with all the windows is that they do not fully close. So, there is a gap between the window frame and sash, even if the window locking mechanism is engaged. This is normally caused by the expansion and contraction of the frame over time. Some materials, like wood, expand and contract more dramatically, meaning there are bound to be more problems with leaky air. The best way to fix this is to simply invest in some foam or felt window insulation, also called weatherstripping. This goes on to your window frame just like the sticker and help close the gap to prevent air leaking.
Add Window Film to Both Sides of Your Panes
Another simple way to make your windows more efficient is to add window film to your panes. Some people are surprised to find out that window film works in cold weather too. It can dramatically reduce heat loss. It helps deflect the sun's rays so they don't heat up the inside of your house too much. Window film is very easy to apply. Just clean your panes and then foolow the includes instructions, using the provided tools.
As these two jobs shows, you don't need to spend a lot of money to make your windows more efficient. And, since these jobs don't require any special training or skills, you can do them quickly and easily. Note that it's a good idea to try these tips by checking your windows one by one. This job is easiest if you do it on an extremely hot or cold day. That way, you can more easily feel if air is leaking or radiating through a window.
Overall, you might immediately notice the impact that these two simple window renovations can have on your monthly utility bills. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Villatoro & M. Construction Inc.