Editors Note: This article was originally published on June 27, 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Did you know that the average American pays $2000 for home energy costs per year?
On average, more than half of a household’s annual energy consumption comes from two end uses heating and air conditioning.
Depending on the time of year, when heat or cold air escapes your home, you are losing money.
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 drafty window, 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 curtains feature an insulating liner for more effective draft reduction.
Another cheap and fast 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 airflow 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.
It often has adhesive on the back for easy application. If not, you can add staples every 6 inches to the window frame. After use, 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 straightforward approach, it likely will not last long.
Weatherproof stripping, for instance, needs to be replaced often due to the 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 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 considerable 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 still feeling drafts or your energy costs continue to climb, you might need to consider buying new windows.
When you request an in-home quote, a professional can inspect your windows to see if they require replacement.
Some companies will try to convince you to change all your windows, but that is not always necessary.
It could be that you just need to replace one window.
Get a free home quote from a local provider. It doesn’t hurt to get multiple opinions and quotes.
If you are in Chicago, Illinois, and need a free home consultation, contact Chicago Window Guys.