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Whether you’ve got a new or old home, it’s quite a necessity now to have energy-efficient windows. Anything that makes you save on energy is always a good idea. Whether it’s the cost savings you’re after, or the desire to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle, you won’t regret making this more conscious choice. You can even create a more comfortable environment at home by making that change.
Especially now that people are staying at home more than usual for school and remote working, all the more that problem areas should have to be addressed. The changes can be little or huge, depending on the current state of your windows and your budget.
Here are some of the best energy saving tips for windows:
Before making that big change of replacing your entire windows with brand new ones, you may want to start by sealing the gaps first. Often, this is a very simple change that can be completed using sealers you’ll find at the hardware shop. Especially if you’ve got older windows, this problem is pretty prevalent.
But, you’d have to note that finding these gaps isn’t that easy. You have to start with a thorough inspection first, looking for areas around the window frames where there’s light. If this is difficult during daytime, you might want to do it at night, with the help of a flashlight. Another very effective way is through using an incense and holding it close to the windows. Watch where the smoke flows so you can see the holes.
The common air leaks in a home are obviously under the door. But, you’ll also need to find some of the other less obvious gaps that may be around your home.
Generally, you’ll want to hire a qualified technician for this job as it can be difficult to decipher accurately on your own. This technician will perform what’s known as the blower test, which depressurizes each room, showing where the air leaks are.
This is a very effective means to audit energy, which can help show the areas that need more insulation.
Window treatments and coverings hit two birds with one stone: they’re aesthetically pleasing and, at the same time, increase energy efficiency in your home. Most window treatments will result in energy savings, but the extent of these savings will depend on the type of window attachment and the season.
For instance, in the hot summer months, you may want to keep your window coverings closed to block heat. But, in the areas where it isn’t too hot, opening these to some extent will also bring more natural light in. The key is for you to create that balance.
Some of these window treatments are:
Double-glazing refers to a kind of tint that’s applied to windows. This can help keep warm air inside the room and cold air out. It can also help reduce the noise coming from the outside. So, if you live in a busy neighborhood, this is another investment that’ll truly be worth it.
This job is best for experts. But, despite adding one more layer of glass or tint to your windows, it’s still a cheaper and faster option than having to replace all of your windows.
Lastly, the biggest project among the tips listed here is to change your windows. If all the other energy-saving options don’t seem to work, then it’s high time to change your windows.
There are many variables that come into play when deciding on the right windows for your home. Some of these include:
Especially if your home is an older one, you might come to realize that your windows are no longer as efficient as they used to be. Perhaps, it’s so much warmer during the hot days, and too cold come winter. These situations are hurting your comfort level at home and even your bills. So, if there’s any type of change you’re looking to do to your home, it’s a good idea to start with your windows. Think of the project as an investment that can make your home more efficient in the long run.
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