3 Tips To Help You Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Your home's windows allow in sunlight and provide a view of the outdoors, but can also be the cause of your home's energy loss. Here are three tips to help you improve your home's windows and stop the flow of energy and money from your home and budget.

Tip #1: Upgrade Your Home's Windows

It is estimated that between 12 and 30 percent of your yearly heating costs are the result of heat lost through your home's windows. Your home's windows make up a large surface area of your home's exterior, taking up approximately 15 to 20 percent of the surface area of your home's walls. And if they are made of old and inefficient materials, they can provide an escape to the comfortable temperature inside your home. Upgrading them to smart energy-efficient windows can help stop the loss of energy.

There are many types of energy efficient windows available on the market, including double pane glass with low-emissivity coatings to further help reduce the energy loss through the glass. You can also find double pane glass windows that are filled with a gas that lowers the occurrence of heat radiation from transferring through the windows.

If your home's windows are aluminum-framed, it is recommended to upgrade them to a more energy efficient style made of vinyl or wood frames, which are available to also help make maintaining your windows easier. If you are interested in how much it would cost to upgrade your home's windows, talk to a window professional to get a free quote and recommendations on new energy-efficient windows to help lower your home's energy costs.

Tip #2: Install Permanent Exterior Awnings

Installing awnings or permanent overhangs on your home's exterior to provide shade to your home's windows can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65 percent on windows that face south and up to 77 percent on windows facing west. This reduction in solar heat gain inside your home results in your air conditioner working less and your home a more comfortable temperature.

The angle of awnings and overhangs are strategically installed to either block or allow sunlight into your home's windows, depending on the season. When the sun is higher in the sky during the summer months, the exterior awnings and overhangs will block the sun from entering the windows. The angle of the overhangs and awnings then allow the winter sun, which sits lower in the sky during the winter months, to enter into your home's windows. This provides you the opportunity to use the sun's energy to capture the solar heat gain and help keep your home warmer.

You can talk to an awning installation professional and retailer about your options and the pricing for this option. They can also provide free quotes for the cost of the installation so you can budget for this upgrade to your home.

Tip #3: Install Interior Window Treatments

Window blinds and curtains installed inside your home's windows add some color and make the window look attractive and coordinate with your indoor decor, and can also help keep your home's interior more cool during the summer and warmer in the winter to help your monthly energy bill. You can usually install your own curtains or window blinds.

Window blinds installed on your windows can help block out solar heat gain during the summer and still allow you to adjust them to let some light into the room so you don't have to turn on lights to see. The slats block out solar heat gain through the windows receiving direct sunlight during the day and you can open them fully when the sun fully passes from the window.

Install and use curtains during the summer to block out the summer sun, preferably lined with a white or light-colored lining, which will prevent the curtains from absorbing the heat from the sun and allowing it to enter your home. Be sure to close the window blinds against any incoming sunlight during the day to keep the room's temperature lower. Curtains on your windows closed at night during winter can block your home's heat from escaping through your windows and block cold air from passing into the windows. Then, you can open the curtains during the daytime to let in sunlight and benefit from solar heat gain.

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