Summer is almost here, which means many of us will be using our air conditioning units to cool down our indoors. Meeting comfort requirements is good, but this can also mean steady increases in energy bills over the summer months. For your AC unit to consume less electricity, consider improving your window units. That way, you enhance your home’s energy efficiency and feel more comfortable during this time of the year.
Applying New Weatherstripping
Your windows are beginning to show signs of aging when you are feeling drafts near your closed windows. It is possible that the weatherstripping has lost its ability to ensure an airtight seal, which is why it makes sense to reseal it. Depending on the existing weatherstripping, you can use materials like foam, felt, metal or vinyl.
Adding Reflective Window Film
You can choose to add a reflective film on your windows’ glass. Much like the special glass coatings on energy-efficient windows, this energy-saving product helps cool your interior by blocking the sun’s heat while letting sunlight into your home. It also prevents ultraviolet (UV) rays from causing your furniture to fade.
Installing Window Treatments
Window treatments don’t just make your windows the focal point of your home’s interior. They limit the natural light that is entering your home and provide insulation for your existing units. Curtains, drapes, cellular shades and shutters are some of the treatment types you may want to consider.
Take note, however, that when your units no longer function as they did when they were first installed, these tips may not provide you the results you want. In this instance, you should consider pursuing a window replacement project.
Stittsville Windows and Doors offers wood and vinyl window replacement in the local area. Call (613) 271-5434, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve Stittsville, ON, residents.