Did you know that the average American pays $2000 for home energy costs per year? Weatherproofing windows is one effective way to reduce these costs.
For example, replacing old weatherstripping around windows can yield up to 10 percent savings on energy bills. There are several cheap and easy DIY window projects to cut energy expenses year-round.
If you feel a cold draft, read on for a guide to weatherproofing windows. Regardless of the season, these tips are sure to optimize the energy efficiency in your home.
Some people put off weatherproofing windows because they are not handy. However, there are many things you can do that require little craftsmanship.
Heavy drapes, for example, are a great way to block airflow. Some drapes feature an insulating liner for more effective draft reduction.
Another cheap and easy step is to purchase a window snake. This is simply a fabric tube that is filled with sand. You place the snake on the window sill to block air flow coming from underneath the window.
One cheap and easy way to weatherproof your windows is to use sealant foam. Applied in the same fashion as caulk, use it generously around the perimeter of the interior window.
Some people prefer to use something that is less messy and easily removable. The solution is vinyl or rubber weatherstripping material.
It often has adhesive on the back for easy application. If not, you can add staples every 6 inches to the window frame. After application, the weatherstrip compresses and forms an airtight seal around the window.
In terms of weatherproofing durability, you get what you pay for. If you take a cheap and easy approach, it likely will not last long.
Weatherproof stripping, for instance, needs to be replaced often due to degradation of the rubber. Vinyl gaskets are typically removed after the winter is over.
Some people prefer to take permanent action. Long-term options include shades, energy efficient windows, or insulating shutters.
Not only do shades look great, but they contain side-pockets called cells. These cells trap air in the pockets and prevent it from flowing inside.
Another stylish option is insulating shutters. Because they can be closed, shutters, provide a complete blockage of airflow into the home. They can also be opened to allow natural light in the house during better weather.
The most expensive course of action is to invest in energy efficient windows. This step, however, yields the best results and eliminates any drafts. You can measure the effectiveness of the windows by looking at its energy performance rating.
Many people do not realize the impact of weatherproofing until they receive a huge electricity or heating bill. Before next summer or winter arrives, take action to weatherproof the windows in your home.
Installing rubber weatherstripping or investing in shutters pays off in the long run. If you are interested in weatherproofing windows, please contact us to schedule an appointment.