If you are planning on having your windows replaced, you may need to do more than just windows to get the energy efficiency you want. There are other improvements that can help your home, such as the addition of insulation and sealing the exterior. You may also want to consider adding window treatments that help you save energy. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your window replacement investment:
1. Adding Insulation To Empty Spaces Between Windows And Framing
Insulation is an important part of your home. If you are replacing windows, you will also want to make sure that they have insulation between the wood framing and window frame. If you are using replacement windows, you can check this by removing a piece of trim from the interior to see if there is insulation. If you need to add insulation, you can use a batten material and pack it in loosely between the window and wood framing. You can use any type of loose insulation materials to insulate the windows.
2. Sealing Around Windows To Keep Out Drafts That Come Through Cracks
It also important that the area around windows is well sealed, which you can use house wrap and a special type of tape to keep out the drafts. This will also help to protect your home from moisture and keep water from getting in between the cracks for the windows. This is an area where you will want to avoid the use of spray foam because it can damage windows as it expands.
3. Using Window Treatments To Give Your Home More Energy Efficiency
Window treatments are another great way to add energy efficiency to your windows. They can be as simple as shutters, which can be function and even automated. You may also want to consider interior window treatments such as curtains. You can use a combination of curtains and thermal shades to provide the windows with the insulation they need. The thermal shades can be added to windows to help insulate and keep drafts out of your home. This is an affordable improvement that can help reduce energy loss and cut your heating costs.
These are some tips to help you get the most out of your window replacements. If you are ready to start updating the windows in your home, contact a handyman service (such as HSA Handyman Services) and talk with them about helping you with some of these improvements.