Having large windows is the dream of many homeowners around the country. Large windows allow you to enjoy lots of natural light during the day. Depending on how beautiful your neighborhood is, you can also take in all that beauty without having to leave the comfort of your house.
However, having large windows in your house creates a number of disadvantages. One of the most significant of these is energy loss (and gain in the summer). Much of the energy lost and gained in homes passes through windows even if they’re shut most of the time. How can you improve your home insulation if you live in such a house?
Ensure the Windows are Sealed Properly
Before you worry about energy escaping your house through the glass, your first concern should be energy that may be lost through holes, gaps, and other spaces around your windows. A single gap around your window can result in more heat loss than what is going through the glass.
Holes and gaps frequently show up around windows and doors because of poor installation, warping of the frames, and other issues between the frames and the wall. Inspect windows regularly to ensure they’re sealed.
Go with Double Glazing
The price of good quality double-glazed windows will make most eyes water. However, by investing in double glazing, you’re likely to enjoy the benefits for years to come. Double glazing significantly reduces the amount of energy that’s lost or gained through a window. This can improve the quality of insulation in your house significantly.
Dress Your Windows
Blinds, curtains, and other forms of dressings don’t just keep out the bright midday sun. During winter, these dressings, when closed, help to prevent drafts and also trap warm air, reducing the loss of heat through the window. Some dressings also have thermal backing. This helps to increase the amount of heat they retain.
Reduce Energy Losses From Other Areas
You can do only so much to lower heat loss and gain via your windows, especially if your house has a lot of glass. However, you can counter the unavoidable losses by improving the quality of insulation in other parts of the house. This means ensuring that wall, flooring, and attic insulation are at their best. Proper air sealing is also an essential aspect of effective home winterization. This means sealing cracks and holes in the home’s perimeter. It’s also important to think about energy losses through the doors. Ensure that your doors and windows are properly sealed.