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No one likes a massive heating bill during the winter, and your home’s windows are responsible for up to 30% of the heating loss in your home. The window experts at APCO have put together a list of things you can do to help winterize your windows and save on your utility costs when it’s cold outside:
If you can feel drafts or a general chill around your windows, your home is losing heat. Even if you can’t feel a draft, you may still be losing small amounts of heat during the winter. Examine the frames around each of your windows, look for cracks, gaps, or damaged caulk. If you find caulk that needs to be replaced, remove the old caulk using a putty knife or screwdriver, thoroughly clean and dry the area before you apply new window caulk.
Caulk is the best option for stationary joints, but you should use weatherstripping to seal parts of the window that move. Weatherstripping is available in felt, open-cell foam, metal, and vinyl varieties. Consider both appearance and difficulty of installation when deciding what type to use on your windows.
Storm windows don’t provide any insulation, but they do block air movement through single-pane windows (as long as they’re in good condition). Configurations vary between plastic sheets that are good for a season, plastic panels, and high-quality, low-E glass that reduces heat loss. Storm windows can be installed on the interior or exterior of your home, but interior versions are easier to clean. Some kinds of storm windows are intended for permanent installation, but if you can afford the cost of low-E glass storm windows, that’s a much better option. If you’re interested in updating your home’s windows, APCO can replace windows year-round to ensure your home stays comfortable no matter what the weather is like outside.
The easiest way to insulate your home in the winter is to put up thermal drapes. If you prefer a lighter look during the summer, change them out seasonally and use sheers when it is warm out. To increase their energy efficiency, use Velcro to attach drapes to your walls and overlap the panels in the middle.
New advances in window film technology allow films to not only keep your home cool in the summer, but also help retain warmth during winter as well. Films are designed to work on a variety of window types, including low-E windows and skylights. Additionally, security films can help retain heat in your home while providing additional safety against broken glass in areas with frequent storms to help provide more benefits than other types of window film.
If you need help winterizing your home’s windows or would like an estimate for new energy-efficient windows, contact APCO at 614-254-5489.