It’s time to start preparing for hot weather – summer is here! Summer weatherization – especially if you weatherize windows – can be a great way to increase energy efficiency, which can make a big difference in your budget as well as make you more comfortable on the hot days of summer. Here are 6 tips to weatherize your windows and get your home ready for summer.
- Caulk windows: Leaking air can waste significant energy and can move hot air in through small cracks. Windows are one of the most important areas that air is lost, so buy some high quality clear caulking material and run it around all of your window seams. An inexpensive caulking tool can also help you apply it in a straight manner.
- Use shades and fans:
This is one of the simplest ways to save money and prepare for summer weather: use window coverings to keep the room dark and cool in tandem with fans. Be sure that the shades on your windows are down during the sunniest and warmest part of the day – this can help keep the inside temperatures lower and balanced.
- Replace cracked windows.
Do you have cracked panes in your windows? This will let hot air in and increase the temperature of your home. If you have windows with cracked or broken panes, get them replaced so you can stay cool and save energy. We’re happy to provide free quotes on replacing your cracked and worn windows with windows that are energy efficient and insulated.
- Use glazing putty.
New window glazing putty can stop window leaks right away. Be sure to use top quality putty, not one that will chip or fall off quickly. The right product can give your windows a new lease on life.
- Upgrade your glass.
Replacing your glass with high efficiency Low-E coatings will dramatically decrease the amount of heat that transfers through your windows and will protect your family and belongings from harmful UV rays. We’re happy to provide free quotes. We typically do not recommend adding a tinting film to your existing windows because doing so may cause excess heat buildup, which can cause premature window failure and potentially void any manufacturer’s warranty. Talk to us about what different glass options there are – we’re glad to help.
- Stay on top of home maintenance.
Keeping on top of home maintenance is very important, and that includes checking the condition of your windows regularly. That means look closely for cracks or chips, or issues with sealing or caulking in the windows. If you get on top of any issues right away, less chance you’ll have down the road of complete window replacement or other costly repairs.