Tips & Tricks to Make Old Windows More Energy-Efficient
The importance of insulation cannot be overstated if you want your heating costs to remain manageable. In fact, proper insulation is practically a critical requirement if you wish to keep your home comfortably warm once the mercury starts to dip below the freezing point. Unfortunately, even the most well insulated homes will often lose a large portion of their potential energy and heat efficiency because of outdated, old windows.
So, the best way to solve that issue would be to replace them. Be it for aesthetic, financial, or some other reason, that is not always an option though. Fortunately, we have a few useful tips for you that can help. Read on to learn some nifty tricks that will help you insulate your old windows and turn them into more energy-efficient versions of themselves.
Use Insulating Shutters
Install heat insulating window shutters to gain significant light, air, and temperature control. They come in a wide range of options, but at their core, all shutters are horizontal or vertical slats that can be partially or completely closed as needed. You want hard-frame shutters with tight slats to improve the energy-efficiency of old windows.
Apply an Insulation Film on the Panes
A heat insulating film will be applied on the external and the internal side of the glass pane to insulate the window. You should be able to do it on your own. It’s a cheap and temporary solution that will not work anywhere near as well as a reglazed window will. However, if you are looking for a cheaper solution to get you through a tough winter month or two, insulating films can help make your old windows more energy efficient for sure.
Repair the Cracks
As our windows get old, they develop cracks in the frame. Hairline cracks can be repaired with some minor patchwork, depending on the frame’s material. Wood is the most common framing material found in old windows and unless it’s rotten beyond repair, wood frames respond well to careful repairs.
Seal the Gaps
This is a problem that’s not uncommon with new windows either, but they are far more common with old windows. Whether it’s a result of bad window installation, or a time-warped window frame, the result is always the same. There will be gaps between your home’s cutout for the window and the window’s frame. Air will manage to get both in and out of those gaps, thus lowering your home’s energy efficiency.
Feel for a breeze or shine a pencil torch at the connection points to check for gaps. Seal them with an adequate sealant to solve the issue temporarily. In case the gaps are too large for sealants to get the job done, use insulation tape to seal them off for improve energy efficiency. However, you may need to consider more long-term solutions soon, especially if the gaps are large.
Get the Old Windows Reglazed
The simplest and the most effective way to insulate your old windows and make them more energy efficient is to reglaze them with the help of professional glazing specialists. Reglazing refers to simply replacing the glass panes of your old windows with insulated glass panes. Double glazed panes work best as far as insulation is concerned.
Most of the indoor heat escapes through the glass via conduction, but that simply won’t even remain a possibility if you replace the old panes with double glazed glass. You can reach out to our double-glazing specialists and know more about the process, any time you want.
We also offer emergency glazing services so feel free to contact us for an immediate response and fast window repair/replacement/boarding jobs whenever needed. Cracked or broken old windows are not just responsible for heat loss, but they are also home security risks. Call: 0203 305 7161 for all commercial and residential emergency glass repairs and replacement.