Windows not only have an impact on the way our homes look both inside and out, but they play a role in how comfortable a house can be by either effectively or ineffectively keeping out hot or cold air, light, wind, rain, and other types of weather. Energy efficient options like double hung windows and window treatments can help to keep your home comfortable and can also help you save money.
Inefficient windows are typically the culprit when a home leaks or lets in air. “The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that windows typically account for 25 percent of annual heating and cooling costs in older houses, and can even be responsible for as much as 40 percent.”
A home energy audit can help determine if your windows are working properly, and can identify areas where you might save money on energy costs. In this case, a home energy professional will come to your home and “evaluate which options are a good deal by calculating the energy saved and the payback period.” This type of audit can help determine whether new windows, storm windows, or other options will help you save on energy costs.
In addition to replacement windows, other window treatments may help to reduce the energy costs associated with heating and cooling your home. Insulated curtains and blinds, thermal curtains and other types of window coverings can be effective in protecting your windows, and also improving the comfort level inside your home.