If installing new, energy efficient windows in your home isn’t an option, here are some ways to make your current windows more energy efficient.Cold Weather Tips
- Low-Tech. Fixing a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or taping a clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames will reduce drafts.
- Film It. For just a little more money, you can apply window films that will significantly improve your window's ability to keep out the cold.
- Soft Cover. Consider installing tight-fitting, insulating shades on windows after weatherizing for extra sealing. Somfy also sells cool, solar-powered, motorized versions of insulating shades and blinds that use the sun to power their daily routine.
- Open and Close. Make effective use of curtains and shades by closing them at night to protect against drafts, and opening them during the day to let in warm sunlight.
- Add Storms. Installing exterior/interior storm windows can reduce heat loss by approximately 10-20% depending on the type of window.
- Maintain. Replace old window caulking in any storm windows you have currently installed. One easy apply option is window caulking cord, which comes in rolls.
- Try using white window shades, drapes, or blinds, which will reflect heat away from the house.
- Close curtains on south and west-facing windows during the day to block excess heat from entering the house.
- Create shade by installing awnings on south and west-facing windows.
- Reduce solar heat gain by applying a reflective film on south-facing windows.
While the a.m. tips will help make your current windows work more efficiently, for long term savings, consider replacing your windows with high-performance ones. It might mean spending more money initially, but your investment will pay off in the long run.