As the colder months start to arrive it’s more essential than ever that your home is keeping the heat in. The main way heat is likely to escape is through doors and windows. Therefore there are key areas that must be looked at and possibly amended to ensure as little heat as possible is escaping from your home,along with as little money from your wallet. Whether you’re investing in new windows and doors or want to make your current set more eco-friendly, here are five tips to get you started.
Choose Made to Measure Windows and Doors
When purchasing new windows and doors it is imperative that they slot in with both your home’s design and fittings. Even the smallest of gaps can allow a ton of energy out over time, so it’s important any new doors and windows fit perfectly.
Installing high-efficiency storm windows with low e-coating is another option if you are looking for efficiency and also save some bucks in the process. They can be installed as interior or exterior windows based on your requirement and the budget. It may occasionally be cheaper to pick up a new door from your local DIY shop but in the long run it won’t be worth it.
Check All Exits
As well as front doors and conventional windows it’s important not to forget any skylights and patio doors too. Due to being made of glass, patio doors are worse at insulating but there are now varieties available that are much more efficient than in the past. It may be worth investing in a new one if yours hasn’t changed in the past ten years and those which are steel reinforced add more strength and security.
If your windows are already fairly effective or you’ve just had new ones installed but want to make them even more energy efficient, then installing draperies is a good move. They have been shown to reduce heat loss from rooms by up to 10% and can also improve the decor. Hanging two draperies together and allowing them to fall to the floor or windowsill is the most effective method.
Look for the U Values
New windows and doors now come with ratings, in the same way food products show you how many calories they contain. U Values measure how well heat is transferred by the window or door, with lower values meaning it is a better insulator. When purchasing new windows or doors these should be studied for the best option.
To further prevent any heat escaping around windows and doors it’s a good idea to apply caulk around them. Choose the right type of caulk, clean the surface, go over any previously caulked areas that may have cracked and ensure a smooth surface is left at the end.