If you have leaky windows, it’s like throwing your energy dollars out the window. Replacing those leaky windows with new high efficiency windows can be an expensive project. Here are some simple and inexpensive tips you can use to reduce the heat loss from leaky windows.
- Check the edge of the glass where it meets the window. Patch any areas with a plastic glazing compound. Fix any broken windows.
- Air can leak out from the window sashes. Install weather stripping or caulk to fill in any of the gaps between the window sash and the house.
- If you have storm windows put then on before the start of the heating season.
- Once you plug the leaks, you can use curtains or shades to help prevent heat loss, especially on north facing windows. On south facing windows, let the warm of the sun help heat the room during the day. Insulated shades or blankets can also work for preventing heat loss.
- Apply a low-e film on the inside of the your windows. Some films can be removed and used a second year. This film acts like a second window and prevent heat loss transfer.
Use this simple and inexpensive ways to prevent money from flowing out of your windows. For more tips, check out the following energy saving article.