Five Ways Your Windows May Be Bringing Your Utility Bills Up

Five Ways Your Windows May Be Bringing Your Utility Bills Up

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The extreme winter and spring weather we’ve experienced across the country has resulted in a rather steep increase in utility costs. Residents everywhere are seeking ways to reduce the cost to their home. Heating and cooling is the biggest slice of most residents’ utility bill, and it is being lost through residential windows. This is due to inefficient framing, thin glass, lack of glazing and coating, poor window design, and improper installation.

Inefficient Frames

Window frames are key to window insulation. Heat is often lost through metal frames that conduct heat and transfer it outside. Many people get lost in the pursuance of high durability metal frames that they forget about the possibility of heat loss. An ideal energy-efficient frame will be both durable and well-insulated. A good option is the fiberglass window frame. Fiberglass is very durable and requires little maintenance. The best frames will be thermal resistant so that they don’t conduct heat to the window.

Thin Glass

Older homes were built with single-pane windows installed. This offers no protection from the sun’s UV rays and virtually no insulation to prevent heat loss. Double-pane windows provide both of these features. Triple-pane windows are also being manufactured for those in extremely harsh winter climates. If it is time to replace your windows anyway, consider getting double panes. These will cost extra to install, but will save you money on energy and replacements later on down the line.

Lack Of Glazing And Coating

There are many options for additional window features to optimize energy efficiency. Low-emission coating and argon gas filling prevent heat leakage. You can also opt for an inexpensive tint to add a little extra UV protection. These features will cost you a little bit extra per window, but the energy savings adds up.

Poor Window Design

Windows should be able to open to let in fresh air. Homes that are able to occasionally turn off the air conditioner and let some fresh air in will see savings on their utility bills. Temperate climates will especially reap the benefits of this. Decorative windows like circles and sunbursts are not ideal for energy savings because they do not open. Older homes often also have windows that won’t open due to warping or age. Spend a little to get the windows fixed now so that you can enjoy then and save on energy in the future.

Improper Installation

An overuse of sealants and foams during window installation means that the window did not fit properly. You should be very careful caulking around the window during installation. This prevents the occurrence of water leaks down the road. Flashing and caulking should be performed with extreme attention to detail.

Inefficient windows can contribute to high utility bills in a big way. Make sure your windows are working for you to keep those costs down. Windows can help save energy in winter by keeping heat from escaping. They can also save you money in summer by allowing you to let fresh, cool air in during the evening. Cutting corners to save costs on installation are tempting but will ultimately cost you more money in the end. Take the time to do it right.

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