Can You Make Old Windows More Energy Efficient?

You hear all the time that replacing old and outdated windows can benefit your home. New windows will make your home feel more comfortable, lower your utility bills, and even boost curb appeal. However, you might not have the money (or the motivation) to replace your windows right now.

Is there anything you can do to make your old windows more energy efficient?


Look into Window Tinting

Window tinting is an option that homeowners can turn to when they want to help reduce sunlight entering into the home. This film is applied to the interior side of your windows, and it also helps regulate heat transfer that makes its way through the window. The tinting is measured by using visible light transmittance.

In addition to reducing UV rays in the home, window tinting can also be found in an assortment of colors.


Add New Caulking

When old caulking wears out around the window frames, it can make your old windows even more inefficient. Caulking is responsible for blocking out rain as well as wind. When the caulking becomes old and no longer protects your windows, you will discover leaks around the frames. You may also feel a slight draft if you put your hand near the window during a windy day.

The good news is that many homeowners can apply caulking around their windows all on their own. It’s important to use a silicone caulk since it’s both waterproof and temperature resistant. Choosing the wrong type of caulking can cause a level of performance failure with your window.


Repair the Glass Seal

Windows can have broken seals that result in a fast leak, or it can be a slow process that takes months to notice. Either way, a broken seal can have a negative effect on your window’s efficiency. One way you can tell that the seal is broken is by looking for glass distortion. If argon or krypton gas is leaking out of the window, the insulated gas chamber does not refill with air.

When you step back and look straight at the window in question, you’ll notice that your reflection may look distorted compared to other windows. However, be sure to clean the window first before trying this technique.

If your window seal failed, this is a job that is usually covered by warranty. If your windows are outside of the warranty period, replacement is often the best alternative.

While these suggestions can help make old windows more efficient, there is simply no substitute for new replacement windows with professional installation. This is the best way to increase the efficiency of your home while keeping your utility bills low. If you’re thinking about upgrading your home with new windows, contact UWD for your free quote. 

Chris Jarvis