The best energy efficient windows are the ones that keep the heat in during the winter months and the cool air in during the summer months.
However, many windows allow for air to pass through them easily. Which can be a huge part of your energy usage.
In fact, those with windows that are not providing a good amount of insulation can be losing up to 30 percent of their energy usage…”Right out the window!”
The Candle Check
You can’t always feel or see a draft from your window.
So take a leaf blower to the outside of your windows.
Inside your home, run a candle slowly along the edges. Notice where the candle moves. If there is movement from any area, then this is an immediate problem that’s costing you money.
Once you have an idea of where the problem areas with your windows actually are, you can remedy them by replacing or adding caulking around the interior or exterior of your home’s windows.
Consider weather stripping as well. You can purchase self sticking foam as well as rubber weather stripping that can be added to virtually any window.
Should You Replace?
First of all, if your windows have fewer than two panes of glass, then you should replace them. Triple pane glass windows are the best energy saving windows.
If you have cracks, breaks, or other areas where the window is compromised, these too should be replaced.
However, if double or triple pane windows are not in your budget than you might consider applying some thin plastic film over your windows.
This film can be purchased at your local hardware store and it’s a great alternative for those who can’t replace their drafty windows.
Paying attention to your windows will help you to immediately save money on your bills.