We all know windows and doors are important for letting in natural sunlight, but they’re also vital to keeping the cold out this winter. If you want to make your home more energy-efficient and save on your heating bill, look into getting windows that are better insulated. This is how replacing your windows and doors can benefit you this winter.
You should also consider installing new doors if you want to make your house even warmer and cut down on drafts. Here’s how to upgrade your windows and doors:
1) Add Insulation
The windows and window sills should have proper insulation installed before you install windows to work as a barrier between the warm air inside and the cold air outside. In addition to windows, look for window sills that have a thick insulation strip inserted underneath them. If you don’t have window sills yet, they can easily be bought or custom-made at a local hardware store.
2) Replace Windows
Another way to improve insulation is by having windows replaced with double pane windows since they can stop drafts from seeping in along its edges where there might not be an added layer of insulation. Double-paned windows are also much easier to open and close than older windows because they contain two sheets of glass held apart by an inert gas which will keep your home warmer during the winter months without having to use more energy to heat up your house.
3) Upgrade Your Doors
If you have an old wooden door that is either drafty or too thin to provide sufficient insulation for your home, then consider replacing it with a high-quality metal or fiberglass door. While these doors are much more expensive than traditional wooden ones, they are worth the price since they will greatly reduce energy costs over time due to their impact resistance.
4) Solar Screens
If you have windows that are located on the south side of your home, think about adding or upgrading windows with solar screens. These windows allow in plenty of natural light, but still, protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
5) Think Outside the Box
Don’t forget about windows that sit near roof lines or other elements that may let heat escape such as skylights and chimneys. Also consider windows with special coatings for more efficiency such as Low-E Argon gas-filled windows. These windows reflect sunlight during hotter months of the year while allowing it inside during colder times, reducing heating costs.