Drafty windows can account for more than 30 percent of an average home’s heating losses no matter how old or new they are! Sealing air leaks, repairing broken windows and also investing in better insulation can be some solutions you might want to try to fix this problem.
Another possible solution, if your current windows are in good shape, or if you’re renting your home, is installing some storm windows. “Low-e” or low emissivity windows can increase energy efficiency and indoor comfort at about twenty five percent of the cost of replacing the whole window. A storm window that is not low-e can still help you save energy and money, but using low-e windows is much more cost effective. They pay for themselves in an average of two to four years. They can save you 12-33 percent on your energy bills over the course of a year. Utility companies may even offer incentives to install them in your home!
The best overall, long term solution to the problem of drafty windows is to install energy efficient replacement windows. If the cost of this option is too prohibitive for you, don’t fear, there are a few other less costly options you can try. Caulking and weatherstripping are two of the more inexpensive methods of correcting drafty windows. Thermal draperies can also be used, but keep in mind that if your windows are drafty, draperies will not correct that issue.
Insulating window panels are one more option. These are made of an insulating material that is encased in a wood or metal frame that attaches to the interior side of the window frame with magnets or Velcro. These types of panels completely obstruct the view from the windows that they cover. Another effective option to consider is window film. While window film does not obstruct your view, it does prohibit you from opening the window until you remove the film.
If you have any questions about how to correct drafty windows in your home, call Banker Insulation at (877) 708-7815, or visit them on the web by clicking here.
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