5 Steps to Make Your Windows More Energy Efficient

Your windows can be a major source of energy loss if not properly prepared for the elements. Suffolk County will see dropping temperatures soon enough, so it’s important to make sure you aren’t losing any heated air due to weak points in your windows. Energy-efficient windows will help keep warm air in during the winter and cool air in during the summer. Lower your utility bills with these steps to increase energy efficiency for your windows!

Caulking

Reduce drafts caused by small cracks by caulking. Caulk can be applied to the window to seal cracks less than ¼ inch in width on the non-movable parts of your window. Caulk should be applied to the area around the frame and where the trim meets the wall. Large or irregularly shaped gaps can be filled with a small can of spray foam that will expand to fill the space.

Draperies

This cost-effective energy-saving tip is an easy way to add warmth to your home. Window coverings will act as an extra thermal barrier. Many homeowners already have drapes put in place, but thicker materials may be more suitable for winter and can help cut down on any chilly drafts coming from your windows.

Insulating Window Panels or Interior Storm Windows

Insulating window panels can give you an added layer of protection from the outside elements. The insulating material is encased inside a wooden or metal frame that seals tightly against the interior side of your existing window frame, usually with magnets or Velcro. These panels are not permanently affixed, but they can be easily removed, and they are also reusable!

Interior storm windows are also a great way to prevent air leaks, and they’re great for insulating while maintaining your view.

Window Films

A window film is a thin film or laminate that can be installed to the interior of glass surfaces. Window films can be clear, colored, or patterned to match your existing design schemes, and they can vary in thickness depending on your solar protection and security goals. Reflective window films can make your home cooler, and easy DIY films can be found in most home improvement stores for a low price.

Keep Storm Windows Up All Year Round

Modern storm windows can be left in place year-round, with sashes and insect screens that can be opened in the summer. Storm windows and panels can always be removed, but keeping these components in place can significantly help to regulate the temperature inside your property.

If you need to install new windows before the harsh winter blows through or you need to repair an existing window, get in touch with the team at King Quality Construction today. Our high-quality windows will be the perfect way to help you save on energy bills.

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