Keep Your Windows Maintained Properly
August 16, 2016
A room without windows is often a dreary place. Windows bring in light and a connection with the outdoors that most homeowners appreciate. Unfortunately, they also let something out - our cooled or heated air.
Fortunately, this is a relatively simple problem to fix. In fact, there are a number of different solutions to choose from based on your budget and the needs of your home.
The simplest fixes are also the least expensive. All of these options are worth trying before you move on to more expensive solutions.
- Hang blinds or curtains. Technically, these types of window treatments don't stop the problem of air leaks. However, they do help keep your home at a more even temperature so your HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard. In the hot months, blinds and curtains reflect heat back toward the outside. In the cool months, they act as a type of insulation to keep the cold out.
- Seal leaks with caulk. Especially if you have an older home, there's a good chance that you have air leaking out around the window frame. You can seal these leaks with caulk. Combined with the window treatments tip above, you can start to see some real savings.
- Use weatherstripping. Just like caulk seals leaks around your window frames, weatherstripping will seal leaks around the areas where windows open.
Moderately Expensive Fixes
Installing storm windows adds an extra layer of protection from heat, cold, and air leaks. There are a large number of different types of storm windows solutions in a wide range of prices. These range from reflective film covering your windows to panes of glass installed over your windows. No matter what type you choose, be sure to follow the manufacturer's installation instructions or you may not see any benefits.
The most effective solution is to replace your windows with more energy-efficient models. If you decide to go this route, you'll find an impressive variety of options to choose from.
Want More Information on Window Maintenance?
Need more information about how to maintain your windows in your Des Moines home? Contact Lozier Heating & Cooling today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).