As winter approaches, it is important to address your home’s window efficiency. Take some extra time this fall to ensure you’re maximizing the amount of heat your windows help retain during the long cold and often expensive heating months. The Department of Energy cites your windows account for 10 to 25% of your home’s heating bill. As the temperatures dip, how can you minimize your home’s heat loss? You can do so by taking the following steps:
- Utilize your current shades or blinds to optimize heating. Therefore, close shades at night and open them throughout the day as the side of the house they are located on is receiving direct sunlight.
- Consider installing insulated shades to create another barrier between the windows and the rest of your home. If you’re not ready to take this step another barrier you can add to your windows is clear plastic. Home improvement stores carry easy to install kits for most major window sizes.
- Look for drafts around your windows and use weather stripping to stop or reduce the flow of air. Often a cold and windy day is the perfect time to locate and mark these areas. It’s a great idea to always have weather stripping on hand. Therefore, stock up on a bit extra during your next trip to the home improvement store.
If you’re interested in learning more about weather proofing your windows for every season, consider reading this article on windows Detroit. Also remember Tittle Brothers can answer any of your questions about replacement windows and assist you in determining what windows are right for your home. Finally, keep us in mind for all your Detroit roofing needs.