Each winter homeowners have to deal with high heating costs, especially in older homes that are less energy efficient, but there are some things you can do to prevent some heat loss and lower your bills. Windows are one of the biggest sources of lost heat, and older windows especially can really reduce your home’s efficiency. There are some things you can do to your existing windows to prevent them from allowing heat to escape your home and to keep cold air from coming in. Let’s look at some things you can do to your windows to help reduce your heating bills this winter.
Check for Leakage
The first thing you need to do when addressing your home’s windows for winter is determine how much air is leaking in and out of them. If the windows have not been properly sealed around the edges you probably have air escaping or entering the home. To prevent this caulk can be used around the exterior of the windows to prevent leakage. This can be done by a professional or an experienced DIY-er.
In addition to caulk around the exterior of the windows weatherstripping can also be added to the windows and doors to prevent leakage at any openings. Weatherstripping is applied to the bottom of the window where it opens and closes to make it airtight.
Storm windows are another good way to prevent heat loss during the winter. A storm window can be attached to the inside or the outside of your existing window to act as another barrier between the outside cold and your inside. Some storm windows can easily be installed by homeowners while others are more complex. Depending on the type of storm window you decide to get for your home, you may want to consider replacing the windows instead as some permanent storm windows may not be worth the cost in comparison to higher efficiency windows.
And finally, one other way you can prevent heat from escaping your windows is to use a window covering. This can be used in addition to other options above, or by itself. There are several window covering options available, from films to high quality thermal curtains. Curtains are a good option because they can be changed out in the summer months and don’t require a big commitment.
There are many ways to help prevent heat loss in your home this winter, from new windows to coverings to storm windows. If you are tired of paying too much for heat each winter and are ready for a new solution, call us at Platinum Exteriors today. We can help you decide what the best option is for your home and help keep you warm all winter. We are a window company in Frederick, MD with years of experience and we’d love to help you lower your heating bills, call us today!