Friday, July 30, 2021 / by Hunter Clayton
One of the greatest leaks of air conditioning is outdated windows. Many homes could significantly reduce the energy consumption needed to cool the house by simply replacing them or making sure they are properly sealed. In many home improvement stores, window sealing kits are sold and can be done at home without the aid of a professional. Calk is also another simple solution that is easy to apply to windows that stops air from escaping.
A simple test to tell if your window needs replacing or some DIY fixes is to look at the windows. Look at the seams and edges of the windows. If there is any light that is visible, that means that air is also escaping. This can be fixed with some insulator strips or a small bit of calk. If you look at the window and see light coming though areas that aren't edges, such as inside the window pane or near cross sections, it may be time to replace them.
Another way to tell if it is time to replace windows is to look at the thickness of the window panes. Windows that are older are typically thinner and usually only have a single window pane. Modern windows are often double paned and offer some storm proofing as well. Updating windows can significantly reduce your energy bill. Air that escapes is the same as money going out the window.If your windows do not need replacing or it isn't in your budget currently, there are a few DIY Fixes that can reduce the amount of energy lost.
One such suggestion is adding blinds or curtains to the windows. They diffuse the sun and allow less heat to enter during the summer. These also stop cold air from entering into the house in the winter. In addition, curtains and blinds can renovate the interior of the room as well.
Energy reduction is not only beneficial to the environment, but also benefiting to your wallet. Reducing your energy consumption saves you money on your bills. Overall, the money saved far out weighs the cost of fixing your windows or updating them.