New windows not only update the look of your home to make it more stylish and appealing, but they also increase your home’s energy efficiency. Modern windows are much better in maintaining indoor air temperatures at a comfortable level than windows even just a couple decades past were. However, there are a few things that may impact the effectiveness of your newly-installed windows that you should consider.
Choose the Right Windows
You might be looking for window replacement because you're remodeling your home and just want to update the look of your windows to match. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be looking at energy efficient windows. While most of the windows you look at will be more efficient that old ones from last century. You can also find windows with extra energy efficiency considerations. They use a low-emissivity glass (also known as Low-E glass). Also, various coatings help to better block the sun’s rays from entering the home.
Update Your Window Frames
At the time you selected and purchased new windows, you probably had a contractor come to your home to measure your existing windows and discuss installation procedures. Framing for your new windows was likely considered, and you may have had the window frames replaced at the same time.
If you did not, though, and you notice airflow around the windows due to ill-fitting frames or aging wood, you may need to reconsider getting new frames to better accommodate your windows and control air movement into and out of your home. Otherwise, air conditioned or heated air could be lost through frames or cracks in the seals to increase your utility costs. If you’re not ready to replace your window frames, you should at least patch up those cracks with caulk.
Use Window Blinds as Needed
Many people no longer use window blinds. Some prefer to keep their windows open and uncovered to create a spacious feel to the room. Others like to admit as much light as possible. However, blinds can be helpful in climates with cold winters or windy weather. They add an extra layer of insulation to the windows to help retain controlled air temperatures indoors. Blinds can be kept open or closed as needed, and many styles can be pulled up to let in plenty of light and air when desired.
Window Coverings May Help
Like blinds, curtains, drapes, or valances can add extra insulation to a room while dressing a window to match the room’s style. Window coverings of various fabrics may supplement your new windows' ability to maintain indoor air quality and temperature. Similar to window blinds, draperies can be left open or closed as preferred.
Double-check your new windows' efficiency by evaluating factors like these to minimize utility costs.
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