Friday, November 11, 2016

Beyond Replacement Windows: How to Keep the Heat In

There's no doubt about it: replacing your old leaky windows with modern thermal replacement windows will save you a lot of money in heating bills over the life of your home or workplace. In fact, they'll pay for themselves pretty quickly and then start putting money back in your bank account. But once your new, energy-efficient windows are installed, what then? Is that all you can do? No, not at all. In fact, you can further cut not only your fuel bills but your carbon footprint, too.

Even modern energy-efficient windows allow some heat loss, so it's never a good idea to leave them bare in the wintertime. Here are some smart steps you can take to protect your pocket and your planet:

  1. Make sure your windows are locked. Even if you're not concerned about security, thieves aren't the only concern here. Unlocked windows aren't shut tightly, which means warm air is leaking out and drafts are getting in when the wind blows.
  2. Choose a window treatment that provides good insulation. Drapes and window quilts are often good choices; curtains almost never are. Be sure the entire window will be covered with no gaps where the heat can escape. Some come with space blanket technology which reflects heat on the room side while absorbing it on the
    window side.
  3. Pay special attention to the placement of the rod and how your window treatments will hang. Many rod arrangements place the window treatment away from the window, allowing airflow behind it. That's okay for summer, but it completely defeats our purpose here, so be sure not to get that kind. If you have trouble finding something suitable at your local home improvement or home decorating store, try a solar products store or website.
  4. Want a money-saving shortcut? Robe hooks, a cafe rod, clip rings and a comforter make an attractive and cozy alternative.