Home windows offer a bright spot where you can enjoy sunlight streaming in and catch a glimpse of the world outside. Unfortunately, windows can also be problematic. If you notice hot or cold spots near your windows or struggle to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, you’re probably dealing with leaky windows that lower your home comfort and energy efficiency.
Seal Your Windows
Windows become less efficient with age, but you can improve the sealing with a few simple DIY projects. Apply plastic V-seal weatherstripping around the window sashes or apply rope caulk to cracks in the sashes. Pop a basic draft snake in your window sill and close the window on it to seal leaks along the bottom of the window and give it a more secure fit.
Update Your Window Hangings
Weatherizing existing windows doesn’t have to be a drab job. Improve energy efficiency and update your home decor by selecting insulated curtains for your windows. The insulation in the lining of these curtain panels slows the movement of heat. The right curtains can keep warm air at bay in the summer months while sealing that toasty warmth inside the house in winter.
Reevaluate Your Landscaping
Proper landscaping can reduce your cooling costs anywhere from 15 to 50 percent. Plant deciduous trees on the south side of your home where they will protect your home from the summer sun. These trees lose their leaves in the fall and allow the sun to warm your house again during the winter. If you’re battling a wind chill that creeps through your windows, plant evergreen trees to act as windbreaks.
Weatherizing existing windows will help you save money and improve your home comfort without the expense of a new installation. To learn more about increasing energy efficiency, contact us at Davis Air Conditioning. We proudly service the southwest Oklahoma area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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