Did you know your windows are one area of the home that causes the largest energy loss? The windows in your home will have a direct impact on how much you spend on your power bill and gas bill. Over time, windows can cause more power issues as the weather starts to beat down on the windows, leading to problems with weatherstripping keeping the cold out in the winter. Fortunately there are some easy maintenance tasks you can do to make your home energy efficient and it starts by caring for your windows.
Inspect Your Windows and Doors
If you keep seeing your energy bill increase, its time to check on your windows and doors. Start by looking at the insulation and the seals. If you see cracks in the seals, replace it with new caulk. How about the screens and locking mechanisms? These areas are vital for energy, but they also aid in keeping you and your family safe. Clean out the windows to remove cobwebs and other debris that can cause weatherstripping to wear out sooner.
Some older homes with single-pane windows need insulation. One way to do this is to purchase a kit from a hardware store to add plastic around the window frame. It will aid in trapping that cold air. Use thick curtains to provide extra resistance against the cold air.
Replace the Windows
This spring, consider having Moyes Glass come out and inspect your windows and doors. We need to make sure they are up to par. Older homes need window upgrades frequently as they are not always designed to work with energy efficiency. Double and triple pane windows are the ideal options to aid in improving the energy efficiency of your home. For additional tips and tricks on keeping your windows lasting longer and keeping energy costs down, call Moyes Glass today!