What’s in a window?

windowsWhen was the last time you had your windows replaced? Not sure? This is probably a sign that your windows aren’t as energy efficient as they can be. Waypoint Real Estate Group knows that energy efficient homes make for a great buying and selling point, not to mention they do wonders for your electric bill. Curious what you can do to make your home more efficient? Start with your windows.

When you walk passed your windows do you feel a breeze? Do you hear the cars whizzing by outside as if they were in your living room? It’s probably time to consider making some changes. Don’t worry, if you don’t have the budget to upgrade your windows at the moment there are options for you.

  • Storm Windows – Storm windows are essentially a window for your window. These “second windows” which are easier to install and significantly less expensive than replacing a whole window, can go on the inside or the outside of your window, depending on the type. Their primary purpose is to protect your home from rough weather, but they can also help make your home more energy efficient. For more information about storm windows, including installation advice, check out Energy.gov.
  • Caulking – Caulk is a flexible material that you can use to seal air leaks in stationary items, such as window frames and doorframes. It’s relatively inexpensive and you can apply it yourself with the help of a caulk gun. When buying caulk remember that you will use approximately half of a tube of caulk per window. Make sure to ask your local hardware store representative for tips and advice and follow the directions. Check out this great advice from Energy.gov about how to find the energy leaks in your home.
  • Weather stripping – Weather stripping is a great option for movable elements such as doors and windows. There are many different types of weather stripping, so make sure you choose one that is appropriate for the area you are working with. For example, weather stripping on the bottom of a door might see more foot traffic. Weather stripping in a high window could be tested by greater winds etc. Depending on the material you choose, weather stripping can range in price. Most weather stripping can be installed on your own with some patience. You can always call an expert if you are unsure.
  • Window Coverings – It may seem silly, but window treatments can actually do a great job making your home more energy efficient. Awnings keep solar energy out of your home. Thick blinds can reduce summer heat. Heavy drapes, drawn closed, can keep a room up to 10% warmer in the winter.

If you’re ready to make a big investment in new windows here are some tips from Waypoint Real Estate Group.

  • If you can’t do the whole house than replace your windows room by room. Start in the most open rooms as these rooms affect the rest of the home a lot more than you might think.
  • Shop around. There are lots of options and new windows are a big investment. Take your time and make the right choice.
  • Get quotes. Unless you happen to be a window contractor, you will probably want to hire one.

Winter is just around the corner (although for much of our country it feels like it’s already here)! Work on the energy efficiency of the windows in your home now and not only will you have a warmer winter, but come summer you’ll be thanking yourself when your home stays cooler as well.

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