Want Airtight Windows? Helpful Tips to Keep Weak Windows from Leaking

Want Airtight Windows? Helpful Tips to Keep Weak Windows from Leaking
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    The average American family spends $2500 on heating and air conditioning annually.

    In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that approximately half of Americans' home energy expenses are squandered due to improperly sealed doors and windows.


If you have outdated or leaky windows, chances are that you have energy (and money) leaking out of the home every day and night. If you want to save energy, cut down utility bills, and regulate the temperature of your home, read on for a few helpful ideas to keep your windows airtight.

Weather-stripping Windows

Plugging up air leaks and making your windows airtight can be accomplished through the use of some simple weather-stripping techniques and foam strips. Apply a foam strip to your window’s casing or the edges of one of your home’s door to reap energy savings. Keeping your windows and doors airtight will have you saving hundreds of dollars annually. Weather-stripping is an affordable solution to an otherwise thorny problem.

Thick Window Treatments

Placing thicker window treatments over your drafty windows can do wonders for your home’s decor and save you hundreds of dollars on heating in the winter. If your windows are insulated by a quilted curtain, you’re letting in less frigid air from outside and retaining more heat from your furnace. The Department of Energy says that homes without drapes or thick quilt curtains experience ten percent more heat loss in the winter compared to homes furnished with thicker drapes or curtains.

Insulated Window Panels

Insulation panels are designed to fit snugly against your window frame and make your windows airtight. Simply clip the insulation panel into place and seal the windows with tape to garner heating and cooling savings. The insulation itself is usually made from a foam board, which is extremely efficient at sealing your windows against the elements.

Caulk Your Windows

Caulking is another strategy for making your windows airtight to retain more cool air in the summer months and more heat during the winter. You simply run the caulk gun along the edges of your window to plug up even the tiniest cracks and make your windows airtight. Most people choose a clear caulk because it’s not as obtrusive to their home decor as some painted caulk. You want also want to consider using latex caulk over silicone because latex caulk can be polished off surfaces with water. Silicone caulk, contrastingly, requires caustic solvents to remove.

Foam Strips

Many people are employing foam or vinyl strips to plug up air leaks around their windows and doors and get the most out of the weather-stripping process. Checking for air leaks around your home’s windows and mail slots, then plugging the sides with a foam strip is a surefire way to make your windows airtight.

Consider using a few (or all) of the tips above in order to seal up the home and save money on your energy bills. Professionals who specialize in window installation suggest that you look into installing energy efficient windows, especially if your existing windows are 10 to 15 years old. Old windows are weak, and at some point, weather-stripping and sealing won’t help—the window just needs to be replaced. Whether you seal up your existing windows, or replace them with an energy efficient option, be sure to ensure your windows are airtight—avoiding any extra money out of your pocket or energy out of your home.



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