If you live in a centuries-old home with the original windows still intact, you may have realized at some point how they ineffective they are in keeping the space insulated. There are ways to making your windows more energy-efficient and keeping energy costs down without spending a fortune replacing all the windows in the house.
This may involve applying films or using window systems that make use of your existing windows. Here are a few ways you can try out.
1. Install additional glazing
Opting for double and triple glazed windows has several advantages. For one, the additional glazing can help keep your home insulated. They keep the cold air out while keeping the warm air inside the house. The glazing also lessens the amount of noise from outside the home into coming inside. Plus, the glazing also decreases the amount of condensation indoors.
With glazed windows, additional panes of glass are added to your existing windows. When opting for double glazed windows, one layer of glass is added. On the other hand, with triple glazed windows, two additional panes of glass are added. The glass layers are separated by a thin layer of air. This layer of air is what provides some protection and reduces heat gain and loss.
Because the method of installing the additional layers of glass requires a lot of care and precision, you will need to hire professional window installers to get the job done. This may involve paying for the service but will be cheaper than completely replacing all the windows inside your residence.
2. Apply window film
Much like glazing, window films add another layer of protection between your window and the outdoor elements. They can lessen the effects of conduction and convection.
There are many types of film you can choose to apply on your existing windows. You can opt for film that blocks ultraviolet and infrared rays from the sun. There are also security films that can help protect your home from robbers trying to break in.
These films can also protect the inhabitants during a storm. The film holds the glass shards together even when the glass breaks.
3. Close the gaps
Any cracks or gaps in the windows can allow sunlight and air in and out of the space. By finding and closing these cracks and gaps, you can make your windows more energy efficient. However, this is easier said than done. Looking for them is not easy while determining which ones are major is an even larger challenge. You can use a flashlight or an incense stick to see if any light or smoke escapes from the room.
One way to deal with the leaks is to use weather stripping or caulking to close the cracks and gaps.
If the problem is with the window frames, an alternative is to replace the frames themselves. By buying new window frames, you can deal with the gaps and cracks while making the window more energy efficient. When choosing window frames, choose ones with the Window Energy Rating Scheme or WERS label. The best products have a rating of 5.
4. Add curtains or drapes
Window coverings such as curtains or drapes do not directly make the windows more efficient. However, they can work hand in hand with your existing windows and keep your space warm and comfortable. Heavy curtains and thermal drapes can prevent the heat from inside the house from escaping. During the warmer summer months, they can also protect your space from the extreme heat and warmth of the sun.
Drapes come in a wide variety of different materials, colors and designs. Depending on the type of curtains you choose, they can make your space appear more livable.
When picking drapes for your home, measure your windows properly. Ideally, the curtains should extend beyond the bottom part of your window to prevent drafts from coming into your home.
Making your windows more energy-efficient does not have to be expensive. With following these tips, you can reduce your energy bills without making a massive dent in your savings.
Carmen Vellila is an experienced Brand Manager currently overseeing the strategic development of multiple brands as part of the Epwin Group. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM), specializing in Corporate Communication and Digital Marketing.