10 Quick Energy-saving Tips for Single Pane Windows
Almost half of all homes in the United States have single pane
windows. Single pane windows are not the most energy-efficient
option, but if you aren't ready to replace them just yet, here are
a few quick tips to improve their performance.
Warm Weather Tips
During warm weather, the goal is to keep cool air in and warm
air out. These suggestions can help:
- During the day, close the curtains on the south and
west sides of the house. This helps keep the warmth of the sun out
of the house, and makes it easier for your air conditioning to cool
- Go a step further, and get curtains or blinds that
are white or another very pale color. They can reflect the heat
away from your home.
- Still too much heat coming through? Install
protective film on the south-facing windows to prevent even more
heat from invading your home.
Cold Weather Tips
When the colder air comes calling, protect your home and lower
your energy bills with these tips:
- Install storm windows, either on the inside or
outside of your home, to prevent heat loss. Storm windows can
reduce heat loss by up to 50 percent, so they are definitely a good
- If you already have storm windows on your home,
secure them before cold weather hits, and make certain they are in
good working condition.
- Use weatherstripping at any joints on the storm
windows. You can use small bits of weatherstripping around windows
to seal off small drafts.
- Seal up those windows. Use a shrinkwrap plastic on
the window itself, and for added protection, apply a sheet of
heavy-duty plastic to the frame around the window. Make sure the
plastic is snug against the frame to prevent air leaks.
- Use insulating window shades, and always opt for
insulated curtains during the cooler months.
- Close the curtains at night to keep the warm air in.
Open them during the day to let the heat of the sun aid in warming
- Keep south-facing windows clear of curtains during
the day, to allow the sun to shine through as brightly as
Replacing Your Single Pane Windows
Opting for double pane windows instead of single pane windows is
the ultimate energy saver.
Double pane windows can cut your energy bills dramatically, and
those savings help
offset the cost of the windows in just a few years.
These tips can make your home a more comfortable place, but
installing double pane windows takes the comfort level even
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a
freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was
built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her
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