As winter nears, it's time to think about your windows and how they affect the energy-efficiency of your home. Windows can be a weak spot, especially if they're older, thinner, or single-pane. By replacing them with energy efficient models, you'll be saving a bundle this winter.
However, replacing all of your windows is a big investment, but there are several other smaller steps you can do for less money. Consider these options:
Storm Windows Energy efficient windows can cost you thousands of dollars, but storm windows are a fraction of that price. They're energy efficient, creating a layer of insulation, and can usually be installed over your existing window exteriors.
Remember, custom windows need custom storm windows. That and installation/quality will need to be factored into your budget.
Fill the Gaps Your windows may just have air leaks around the window casting. Filling them in with spray foam insulation is generally easy to do yourself, but exposing your window casting can be difficult. If you're not up to the task of prying off casting, spraying, and repainting, you may want to hire a contractor.
An HVAC technician can inspect your windows with thermal imaging to detect any air leaks inside your walls,
Change Within The cheapest way for drafty windows is to either add weathering strips to your windows or clear plastic window coverings found at any hardware store.
Window upgrades are great, but for more energy-efficient options, call 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.