Tips for Winterizing Your Windows
It’s beginning to be that time of year where you trade in your shorts and t-shirts for long pants and sweatshirts. Leaves are falling off the trees and the days are getting shorter – and colder. You begin to put away the air conditioning units in preparation for Winter, and crank up the heat, only to realize that it takes a long time to warm your home and the second you turn it off, you’re living in an icebox again. The constantly running heat is sending your energy bill skyrocketing and at the end of the day, your efforts to stay warm end in vain as you are still cold. While this may be an issue with your HVAC system, the problem may also lie in poor energy performance of your windows. Here are a few notes that will help make sure that your windows are prepped for this Winter or decide if it is time to replace your windows.
How Can I Increase Energy Performance With My Existing Windows?
When looking to increase your window’s energy performance, you should begin by conducting a thorough inspection. Some of the things you should look for are:
- Proper weather-stripping around the window. Weather-stripping plays a vital part in ensuring a proper seal when closed, keeping out bugs, dust and drafts, while preventing temperature loss within the home.
- Heavy drafts coming through the window. You can check for drafts by simply running your hand around the seams of the window and feeling for any air currents coming through.
- Glass Failures – Glass failures occurs when the seal between the glass panes and the window spacer is weakened. In a glass failure the gas between the panes escapes and your windows will not operate optimally. Glass failure is easily identifiable by seeing condensation or fogginess between the glass panes. If you happen to have a glass failure, it is best to reference your manufacturer’s warranty if applicable to see what your options are for replacing the failed glass unit.
One of the simplest and most overlooked ways to improve energy performance with your windows is to ensure that it is locked. Locking your windows can not only be a matter of security, but it also ensures that the window is tightly sealed and eliminates drafts. If your windows do not properly lock, make sure to consult with your window distributor to look into getting your window serviced.
The addition of a dark and heavy curtain hung on your window can help absorb any solar heat that passes through the window pane and help insulate your home. Thermal curtains are specifically designed with heat preservation in mind.