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10 Quick Energy-saving Tips for Single Pane Windows

10 Quick Energy-saving Tips for Single Pane Windows

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January 25, 2010

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 things down.
  • 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 investment.
  • 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 your home.
  • Keep south-facing windows clear of curtains during the day, to allow the sun to shine through as brightly as possible.

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 further.

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 hobbies.

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