Spring Cleaning: Clean Windows and Your Energy Efficiency

Spring Cleaning: Clean Windows and Your Energy EfficiencyCleaning all your windows in the spring refreshes your home’s exterior and enhances its curb appeal. Washing and polishing the glass is great for the aesthetic, but spring window maintenance is needed too, if you’d like to improve your home’s energy efficiency and HVAC performance.

How Window Maintenance Improves Home Efficiency

According to the Department of Energy, energy gains and losses through your home’s windows account for roughly 25 to 30 percent of your household’s total annual HVAC-related energy consumption. Giving your windows some TLC this spring is an easy way to curb this waste of energy. Making your windows more energy efficient will also reduce the workload on your cooling system, which can in turn improve its performance and extend its service life.

Tips for Better Window Efficiency

You can help make your windows more energy efficient by taking these steps in addition to your regular spring cleaning routine:

  • Check all around each of your windows for areas of cracked or missing caulking, or damaged weatherstripping that are allowing air leakage. Be sure to remove the old, flawed material first, then carefully replace it.
  • If your windows are older and the air leaks are significant, one option is replacing them with new energy-efficient units. As a less costly alternative, consider custom acrylic or plexiglass interior inserts that fit tightly and inhibit air leakage.
  • When cleaning casement or double-hung windows, pay special attention to the tracks and moving parts. Be sure to carefully clean out any collected debris, so the windows shut tightly and won’t leak air.
  • After you’ve cleaned and polished all your windows, install a quality solar film that can keep about 80% of the sun’s heat from entering through the glass.
  • Invest in insulated window blinds, shades or curtains that you can close during the day to reduce solar heat gain.
  • Shade your windows from the outside by adding exterior awnings or augmenting your landscaping with some strategically-placed trees.

For personalized advice on how to improve the energy efficiency of your Martin, Palm Beach or Indian River County home, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658. 

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