Repairing vs. Replacing
Windows provide us with light, warmth, and ventilation in our homes, but they can also have a negative impact on energy efficiency. You can reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your home. If budget is a concern, energy efficiency improvements to your current windows can also help.
You can improve the energy efficiency of existing windows by:
1. adding storm windows
2. caulking and weatherstripping
3. using window treatments or coverings
4. repairing damaged/cracked windows
Adding storm windows can reduce air leakage and improve comfort. Caulking and weatherstripping can reduce air leakage around windows. Use caulk for stationary cracks, gaps, or joints less than one-quarter-inch wide, and use weatherstripping for components that move – such as doors and operable windows. Window treatments or coverings can somewhat reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, however aren’t effective at reducing air leakage.
If your home has windows that are more than 10 years old, it might be more cost-effective to replace them. New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and increased home value. When properly selected and professionally installed, energy-efficient windows can help minimize your over-all energy bills.
Call 216-371-3337 and speak to a window professional at Supreme Window & Glass today to review energy efficient window options for your home.