It's not as hard as you might think it is to replace a window. Usually, I prefer to have an experienced glass company take care of it when I need a window replaced, but sometimes, they can't get to me as fast as I'd like, or I can't afford a new window right away. I keep a few inexpensive panes of glass and some supplies in my garage so that I can temporarily replace a window until I can get the glass company to my house to install a better one. This is definitely something that anyone could learn to do, so I decided to start a blog about it to try to teach others how to replace windows. Whether you're temporarily replacing a window or you want to do a permanent job, you can learn the basics here in this blog.
If the windows on your home are over ten years old, chances are that they don't compete with new, energy efficient models. When it comes to window efficiency, it's often measured in U-factor specific to windows as opposed to R-value—which is the resistance to heat flow within your home's roof, flooring and walls. The lower the U-factor stated on your home's windows by the manufacturer, the better insulating properties it demonstrates. If your windows are outdated, unsealed or cracked, it may be time for an upgrade. If you can't afford to replace your residential the window outright, here are some things that you can do.
If the condition of your window frame, including the sash, is in good working order, you may not want to replace the entire window. You can have a professional glass installer like Victorville Glass Co Inc come out and change out the glass only, as opposed to having new windows installed. Single or thin glass panels can be upgraded to help keep your home more airtight and control your utilities year round. Double-paned windows not only provide excellent temperature control, they also help mute outside noise. Another option is a gas-fill window. The windows are filled with argon or krypton gas that helps to boost thermal performance. Insulated glazing and heat absorbing tints can also be added to help reduce UV rays and help keep your rooms at a consistent temperature.
Add Storm Windows
Another way to make your existing windows more efficient is to simply add storm windows. You can add outside storm windows that can easily be removed in the spring and summer months and replaced when temps start to fall outside. Temporary storm inserts can be added to the interior of your home to also help control temps and keep cold air out. These inserts are custom made to fit the exact specifications and measurements of your window.
If your window's internal mechanisms are in good working order, you may only have to replace the area around the window—the sash. The sash often gets worn out over time, or it can become broken or have pieces that malfunction. Replacing the sash helps make opening the window easier and safer. Making sure that the window closes all of the way helps improve efficiency and prevents drafts from getting in.
Weatherproofing new or existing glass pieces in your windows can help keep your HVAC unit from running more than it should. Weatherproofing includes:
Using multiple forms of weatherproofing techniques adds an extra layer of protection from drafty spaces that can alternate temperatures quickly inside your home.
Whether you are replacing the glass in your windows or making other adjustments, each step you take gets your closer to cutting your overall energy usage.