Your home’s windows are essential components of your home. Not only do they make your home look beautiful from the outside, but also, they afford you a view from the inside that makes home ownership worth the investment.
However, if you don’t have energy efficient windows, that investment is something that’s going to increase in cost over time. Home windows are essential not only for your home’s aesthetic value but also for managing your energy costs.
In the summer, your air conditioning unit will work overtime to compensate for poorly insulated windows. In the winter, you’ll lose heat—heat you’re paying for—and will literally be throwing money out the window.
As the Department of Energy demonstrates, you can make a few upgrades to your windows if you want to reduce your energy consumption and therefore, energy costs. Installing e-Coatings, for example, can help energy-inefficient windows to trap heat inside in the winter and reflect sunlight back outside in the summer.
As you’re about to see, there is much more that you can do to manage the efficiency of your windows. Energy management is about more than insulation; it’s about managing both heat and light, and there are plenty of changes you can make—from installing shutters to utilizing shade trees—to completely change the way your house regulates its own temperature without increasing your monthly bills.
Let’s take a closer look at what you can do to manage sunlight, temperature, and energy flow in order to get the full energy value out of your windows. By following these tips, you will save not only on monthly energy bills but also on the cost of replacement windows.
Graphic provided courtesy of Purely Shutters, Ltd