Energy-efficient windows provide free lighting and space heating
Windows provide light, warmth, and ventilation, however they can also have a negatively effect to your home's energy efficiency. Reduce your energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your home or business. (If your budget is tight, energy efficiency improvements to existing windows can also help.)
IMPROVING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF YOUR EXISTING WINDOWS
Why not improve the energy efficiency of existing windows by having Beehive State Exteriors install storm windows, caulking and weatherstripping, and applying window treatment and or coverings. learn more about storm windows
CHOOSING NEW ENERGY-EFFICIENT WINDOWS
If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, It may be cost effective to replace them rather than attempting to improve their energy efficiency. Energy-efficient windows will eventually pay for themselves by lowering heating and cooling as well as lighting costs. When properly installed, the right energy-efficient windows reduces your heating, cooling, and lighting costs. Improving window performance in your home involves the propper design, selection, and installation.
COLD WEATHER WINDOW TIPS
Apply a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on the frame or you can tape clear plastic film inside the window frames to greatly reduce drafts.
If windows feel drafty after being weatherized, install a good tight-fitting, insulate window shades. At night close curtains and shades this protects against cold drafts; during the day open them to let warm sunlight in. Install interior or exterior storm windows, reducing heat loss through the windows by 10%-20%, depending upon the type of window being already installed. They need to have weather-stripping applied to all movable joint parts; made of strong, durable material; and also have overlapping or interlocking joints. Weatherize and repair current storm windows, if required.
WARM WEATHER WINDOW TIPS
By using white window shades, drapes, or blinds you can reflect heat away from the 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.
Installing storm windows will decrease air leakage saving you money on heating and cooling. Applying Caulk and weather-stripping will help reduce air leakage around windows. Use caulk for stationary cracks, gaps, or joints less than one-quarter-inch wide, and weather-stripping for any elements or parts that move, such as operable windows and doors. Window treatments or coverings help reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain during summer. Many window treatments, however, do not effectively reduce air leakage or infiltration.