In the hottest and coldest months, your HVAC system works to keep the inside of your home comfortable. The system may have to work overtime if there are air leaks around windows and doors. One way to prevent air transfer from outdoors is with energy-efficient windows. Installing new windows is an expensive upgrade. Here are a few cost-effective alternatives to make your windows more energy-efficient.

Make Repairs to Achieve Energy-Efficient Windows

Your windows may have gaps or cracks that allow air in. Damages to the window or frame allow for hot and cool air to escape, increasing the costs of keeping your home comfortable. Repair cracked glass and replace rotting frames. Check for air leaks and seal the area with caulk or weatherstripping. 

Upgrade to Storm Windows

Storm windows help protect your home against wind damage during a storm, and they make the windows more energy-efficient. Storm windows add insulation and help conserve heat during the winter. In summer, they reflect solar heat to keep the home cooler. Storm windows are less expensive than new windows, and you can have them installed internally or externally. 

Use Window Treatments

There are many options for blocking sunlight and drafts while increasing privacy. Install one or a combination of these treatments to make your windows more energy-efficient:

  • Insulated draperies block cold drafts and sunlight, making them useful for the winter and summer. 
  • Blinds reduce the amount of sunlight and heat that enters your home.
  • Insulated cellular shades are a practical option for homes that experience colder winters. Pull these custom-fitted covers over your windows to add a layer of insulation to the glass.
  • Solar film is another treatment option to boost the energy efficiency of windows. They block solar heat and UV rays. 

Add Shade to Make Your Windows More Energy-Efficient

Awnings and exterior blinds are great options to reduce the solar heat that enters your home. Install individual awnings over windows or a single awning that covers a large portion of your home. Awnings that cover exterior walls also help prevent them from heating up.

Exterior shutters boost energy efficiency by blocking the heat from the sun. Close them on hot days to keep the interior of your home cooler. As a bonus, some shutter styles protect against wind damage.

These alternatives will help keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Energy-efficient windows save you money, decrease energy usage, and help maintain your home’s temperature.

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