Your windows play an essential role in your home's energy efficiency. Whether you're considering getting all-new windows installed or simply need to do some upgrades, knowing how to maintain your windows is vital to ensure the best results. With a few simple changes, you can help cut down your energy costs significantly. Here are some ways to make your home more energy efficient and improve your insulation.
Seal Leaks and Install Weatherstripping
If your windows aren't sealed properly, it can lead to cold or hot air entering and exiting your home (depending on the season). This air can enter between the window sash, the window frame and through spaces between the glass. Use high-quality caulking and/or weatherstripping to seal your windows and keep leaks at bay. Weatherstripping should be applied to areas that can handle friction such as the frame, while caulk should be applied around the sides and the joints of the frame. Both of these products are inexpensive and can be found at your local Doug Ashy.
Check each window in your home and feel around for drafts or for any amount of air blowing inside. If you notice a leak, it's time to seal the windows as soon as possible. Repeat this process every year just to make sure that everything is still in good condition. If the caulk is worn out or the weatherstripping comes loose, you'll want to replace them again. By giving your windows this little bit of TLC, it can help you save as much as 5 to 10 percent on your energy bills, according to Energy Saver.
Add Solar Screens
Solar screens or solar window film acts like a car sun shield for your home. These screens can block up to 35 percent of solar heat, and between 95 and 99 percent of the sun's UV rays. This is a great way to keep your home nice and cool during the hot summer months.
You can find both permanent and temporary solar screens, depending on where you live. Areas with extremely cold winters may not need them year-round, since your home can benefit from the added warmth of the sun coming through your windows. However, if you live in a hot climate like Louisiana, permanent solar screens can be quite beneficial to help keep your home cool while helping you save on energy costs.
Install New Energy Star-Rated Windows
One of the most effective ways to improve your home's energy efficiency is to upgrade your windows. Look for windows that are Energy Star-rated to ensure the best results. These windows offer a range of benefits, including:
Lower energy bills to save you money on heating and cooling
Keeps the temperature inside your home comfortable and consistent
Energy Star-rated windows have special low-E coatings that help to reduce UV damage, extending the longevity of your flooring and furniture by protecting it from fading
All Energy Star windows are certified and officially verified to perform as labeled
Getting Started with Doug Ashy
If you're looking for ways to improve your windows and your home's energy efficiency, visit your local Doug Ashy store today. We can help you with all of your window improvement and replacement needs, as well as provide you with expert advice and help with other home improvement projects. With our team of highly-qualified professionals, we're here to help you tackle any task, so be sure to get in touch with us or visit one of our locations today.