Keeping your home's heat inside where it belongs and preventing it from escaping can be one of the biggest challenges of many homeowners this winter. If your home's heat escapes through inefficient windows and their glass, it can cost you extra on your utility bills and make your home feel drafty. Here are some tips you can follow to make your home's windows more energy efficient and keep your home's heat inside.
Upgrade Your Windows
Upgrading your old and leaky windows can be one of the best ways to prevent home heat and energy loss. Many older types of homes have windows that are framed in a material that allows heat to easily transfer through to the outside. You may also live in a home with window frames that are old and cracked, allowing energy to seep through.
You can upgrade your home's windows to have them removed and replaced with new double-paned windows. A window with a single pane of glass does not have the insulation layer of air that a multi-paned window has. The layer of air between the glass prevents heat transfer and energy loss. And many energy efficient windows are filled with krypton or argon, which are inert gases that prevents the transfer of heat through the glass more efficiently.
Your new windows can also be installed with frames made of vinyl PVC or another composite material to help reduce the transfer of heat while being durable and long-lasting. Check with a local window professional for your options and pricing for new home windows, or visit VEZINAINDUSTRIES.COM to learn more.
Install Interior Window Treatments
A less-expensive option to increase the energy efficiency of your windows is by adding and managing window curtains. The curtains should be made of a double layer of fabric, which traps a layer of air between the fabrics to create a layer of insulation. A thicker or woven fabric sewn on the back side of your decorative curtains provides this insulation and should be installed with the lining facing outward to the window for the best energy efficiency.
Close your curtains on the window during the night and during the day when direct sunlight is not shining through the window. When the curtains are closed, it blocks heat from escaping through the window. When the sun shines into your window, opening the curtains allows you to heat your home with solar heat gain.
Another window treatment you can use is by applying a layer of thermal window film onto the glass of your window to help block heat from escaping through the window. Another less-expensive option is to apply a layer of plastic sheeting over the entire interior of the window. This seals the window to stop any energy leaks, but keep in mind it does not allow you to open your window while it is installed.
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