If the windows in your home are several years old, they may not provide as much insulation and may not be as energy efficient as you want them to be. Replacing the windows in your home may require a hefty investment; however, the cost of draft windows is even higher. If you don’t want to spend an arm or leg on changing your windows outright, you can still weather-proof them in an affordable way. At Fox Canyon Glass, we offer numerous solutions to make your windows energy efficient.
Sealing the Gaps
Your old windows may have developed leaks that are not easily detectable. You can figure out if your windows have leakage by illuminating them with a flashlight at night and looking for light leaks. In addition, you can also burn some incense in front of the windows and look to see if the smoke is escaping outside. If it does, that means your window has a leakage and you can ask us to caulk or weatherstrip them. This will instantly seal the gaps in your window and make them more energy-efficient.
Installing Window Glazing
Adding an extra layer of glass to your window can also reduce energy loss. Double- or triple-glazed windows consist of a layer of argon gas sealed between the surfaces of the window. This gas serves as an insulator and keeps cold or hot air out, ensuring a comfortable temperature in your home.
In addition, multi-glazed windows also reduce the noise coming in from the outside and prevent condensation in cold weather. At Fox Canyon Glass, we can help you add glazes to your window which is cheaper than replacing your windows.
Upgrading Window Frames
Although installing innovative window frames to your windows will have a bigger investment cost, the best window frames can reduce your energy bills for years to come. This means you will be able to recoup your cost in a short time. You should choose windows frames that have a Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) label and a 5-star rating.
Installing Low-Emissivity Film
You also have the option of coating your windows with a low-emissivity film. This film is very thin and transparent and allows a healthy amount of sunlight to come in through the windows. However, it does stop the effects of conduction and convection by preventing unwanted ultraviolet rays, infrared rays, and excessive heat from heating the interior of your house.
Windows that have a low-emissivity coating also prevent your skin from sun damage and protect the things in your home from the damaging and fading effects of the sun.
Adding Window Covering
Although window coverings do not make your windows more energy-efficient, they are effective in blocking cold or hot drafts from entering your home and stopping UV rays. To get the best results, you can choose curtains made of heavy fabric for winters or thermal curtains for the best effect. To ensure your drapes are effective, make them long enough so that they at least hang below the edge of the window. Also, keep your drapes closed during peak cold or hot times.
Your old windows can easily be turned into weather-proof windows with a few nifty tricks. Make sure that whatever you choose to do, you only invest in high-quality material and install it properly. At Fox Canyon Glass, we can help you find the best upgrade or fix for your windows and install it properly for you so that you can take advantage of lower energy bills in the long run.