How to Improve Window Energy Efficiency

How to Improve Window Energy Efficiency

If your seasonal energy bills are going up, the extra costs might be passing through leaky windows. Nobody wants to pay 30-percent higher energy bills because their windows can’t contain comfortable temperatures. The good news is there are several ways you can get energy efficient windows.

Your best option is to add new windows with vinyl frames and high-performance features, such as double-paned gas-filled glass or low-e (emissive) and spectrally selective glass coatings. Installing energy-saving windows will improve your home’s efficiency and resale value, and it will look terrific. If you make the update, you may also qualify for tax breaks or rebates.

If you’re not in the market for full replacements, or your windows are in decent enough shape, here’s how you can make your existing windows more energy efficient.

  • Seal air leaks with a combination of caulk and weatherstrip.
  • Adhere clear plastic sheets to interior window frames to reduce drafts.
  • Hang lined curtains or shades that insulate windows in cold weather and deflect sunlight in hot weather.
  • Add awnings over windows that receive the most sun.
  • Install weatherized storm windows on your home’s interior or exterior, or seal existing storm windows.

You won’t need to perform some of these steps more than once, such as installing awnings or storm windows. Window frames may require fresh caulk or new weatherstripping every few years, while covering window frames with plastic sheets is an annual task. You can adjust curtains and shades almost daily, however, to achieve energy efficiency. Keep them closed when temperatures drop at night or when sunlit windows absorb too much heat during the day.

Try some of these window improvements and see if you notice a difference in your energy bills. If you’d like to learn more about adding new, more energy-efficient windows to your home, contact Sears Home Services today for a free in-home consultation.