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Windows And Energy Savings: 3 Tips

by Tara Pena

If you're looking for ways to keep your energy bills low this summer, you may not have considered the role that windows can play. Below are three window-related tips which will allow you to keep your home the most comfortable this summer while also ensuring that you save the most on cooling costs.

1. Check Windows for Air Leaks

If you've got an air conditioner running in your home, then you want to minimize cool air loss as much as possible. One way to do this is to check all of your windows for air leaks.

Windows that aren't properly insulated may have a few cracks or holes along the edges. While these cracks and holes may seem small, they do allow the cool air to leak from your home and contribute to your home's rising temperature. While it's best to replace such windows with new, insulated windows, that may not always be possible. There are other ways to seal the air leaks, however, such as caulking the areas which aren't properly sealed and reapplying weatherstripping.

2. Install Window Protection Throughout Your Home

Whether you choose blinds, solar screens, or shades, window protection throughout your home can help to keep the heat out.

As important as it is to keep the cool air in your home, which you've addressed by sealing all air leaks in your windows, keeping the heat out can mean that you'll require less use of the air conditioner. There are plenty of options available if you're looking to use window protection, each of course with their own pros and cons. Awnings, for example, can reduce solar heat gain by at least 65%. But as one of the more expensive options, they may not be right for you. Fortunately, blinds and other alternatives, such as draperies and reflexive films, can also have a significant impact on the amount of solar heat entering your home, and there are options in various price ranges.

3. Know When to Open Which Windows (and When to Keep Them Closed)

If you're without an air conditioner, then it's important to know the best times to open your windows to ensure quality ventilation and to also prevent excessive solar heat.

You know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so you can use this to your advantage during the hot, summer months. In the mornings, for examples, windows on the west side of your home will have the most shade, so opening these windows will provide you with the coolest breeze. As the day wears on, however, closing the windows on the west side (and covering them with drapes or shades) and opening the windows on the east side will keep your home the coolest.

For more information, contact W. T. Fary Bros Lumber Co. or a similar company.