Many homeowners love how many windows they have in their home; and as wonderful as it can be to have a home full of windows, they can also negatively affect a home's energy efficiency. Taking out your old windows and replacing with energy efficient ones can help you save on your energy bill, and completely change the efficiency of your home.

Improving the Energy Efficiency of Existing Windows

If replacing all of your windows is out of the budget, there are some changes you can make to your existing windows to make them more energy efficient. Adding storm windows can help with leaking air and make your home more comfortable. Caulking and weatherstripping will seal small cracks, and prevent any further air from leaking. Use caulk for stationary cracks, gaps, or joints that are less than a quarter inch wide, and try weatherstripping on aspects that move, such as doors and windows. Taking these steps will help prevent air from leaking out of your home, which will help your heating or cooling system not work so hard to keep your home warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.

Selecting New Energy Efficient Windows

If picking out new energy efficient windows is in your budget, there are a few things to consider before purchasing. When starting your search, look at the design of the windows. Find windows that will improve the energy efficiency of your home, and if there’s a weak spot in your home where you’re noticing a large amount of air leakage, try a window that has a greater energy efficiency rating. When selecting new windows, you also need to take into consideration the orientation of your windows, and what direction they are facing as there are different energy ratings for the way your windows will face. You can also consider tinting the new windows in your home. Tinting your windows, also called glazing, can reduce the heat transfer through your windows with insulated glazing.

If you’re looking to replace your old windows with new, energy efficient ones, Select Windows can help you find the perfect option for your lifestyle and home. We carry a wide variety of quality brands that will transform your home’s energy efficiency. Give us a call today at 650-941-0744, or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer and brands we carry.