A complete replacement is often best left to get a specialist, but there are lots of improvements you can do to minimize the amount of energy lost through your windows. Let’s begin!
Caulking and weather stripping can be an easy weekend project. Use weather stripping to insulated portions of the window which move. All you need is caulk and a caulk gun, that should not cost more than $5-10.
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Covering your windows with vinyl can reduce the amount of heat lost during the warmer months. Vinyl window film can be bought at any major hardware store. The instructions are easy and all you need is a hair drier to make sure a strong seal.
Awnings, blinds, drapes, and curtains can radically enhance your windows’ insulation. Awnings go on the exterior of your house to offer color to the window. You’ll find wood, metal, and acrylic awnings that provide up to 77% protection against solar heat gain.
Blinds are a more effective alternatives for protecting against heat gain. Medium colored drapes that are not too dark or light and have plastic backings may also affect both heat gain and heat loss. To maximize their efficacy, hang curtains as close to the window as you can.3
Research new window Choices
Even though you might be unable to install them, you can find out more about the best choices for replacement windows. This may also allow you to have a better idea of just how much you should expect to pay for a professional installation. Take a look at the National Fenestration Rating Council’s site to find out how to decode the new labels on your search for the ideal window choice for you.
Jobs for Window Installation Professionals
As soon as you’ve drained the DIY projects you are comfortable with, it is time to call in a window specialist. Window installations and replacements are potential DIY projects if you are very handy, but you are more likely to encounter problems of improper installation if you do it yourself . Here are two window projects which will improve your home’s energy efficiency the most.