Windows provide light, warmth, and ventilation. However, they can also harm your home’s energy efficiency. Reduce your energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your St. George home or business. (If your budget is tight, energy efficiency improvements to existing windows can also help.)
If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it may be cost-effective to replace them rather than attempt to improve their energy efficiency. Energy-efficient windows will eventually pay for themselves. When properly installed, the right energy-efficient windows reduce your heating, cooling, and lighting costs. Improving window performance in your home involves the proper window design, selection, and installation.
Why not improve the energy efficiency of existing windows in your home or business? Beehive State Exteriors can install storm windows, caulking and weatherstripping, and apply window treatment and coverings.
Installing interior or exterior storm windows will decrease air leakage, saving you money on heating and cooling. They can also reduce heat loss through the windows by 10–20%, depending upon the type of window already installed. Storm windows should be made of strong, durable material and have overlapping or interlocking joints. To make your storm windows more efficient, caulk and weatherstripping will help reduce air leakage around windows.
Use caulk for stationary cracks, gaps, or joints less than one-quarter-inch wide. You should use weatherstripping for any elements or parts that move, such as operable windows and doors. Many window treatments, however, do not effectively reduce air leakage or infiltration.
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Apply a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on the frame of your windows, or you can tape clear plastic film inside the window frames to greatly reduce drafts. If you have existing storm windows, weatherize and repair them as needed.
If windows feel drafty after being weatherized, install tight-fitting, insulated window shades. At night, close curtains and shades—this protects against cold drafts. During the day, open them to let warm sunlight in.
By using white window shades, drapes, or blinds, you can reflect heat away from your house. Keep curtains on south- and west-facing windows closed while the sun is up.
Installing awnings on south- and west-facing windows will also block sunlight. Apply sun-control or other reflective films on south- and west-facing windows to reduce solar heat gain.