You’ve certainly read about sealing your windows to reduce airflow so you save more energy.
Have you taken the time to make it happen?
Windows are a part of your home’s “air envelope.” In other words, your home has all sorts of small cracks and crevices all over that allow air to flow in and out.
Sealing those can make a nice difference in what you pay on your energy bills. But it’s hard to find all the gaps that let air flow in and out.
Generally, you start with your windows because they allow enough air for you to actually feel the draft.
Cracks can develop slowly over time. So if you live in a newer home that’s aging, it’s possible that you begin to feel drafts you never felt before.
Window sealing can be done with caulk, a special sealant, or weather stripping. In some cases, your window’s frame may have so much damage that sealing won’t fix the problem.
So, it may become necessary to replace the entire window frame.
Assuming your window frame is okay, air flows in through the small cracks between your window frame and your wall. So, that’s where you’d apply your sealant or weather stripping.
So, let’s say you’re on the fence about sealing your windows. Why would you do it?
Well, here’s several of the benefits of doing so:
1. Increased Energy Efficiency and More Money Saved
Drafts and more air flowing in means your HVAC system has to work a little harder to maintain your home’s temperature.
That means higher energy bills for you.
Seal your windows, and you won’t have that problem. In fact, you’ll have more money in your pocket. And, you’ll be doing more to help the environment.
2. You Feel More Comfortable
Your house is your castle, right? But, you don’t want the air temperature to feel like a cool, drafty castle.
Sealed windows means the end of air drafts. And that means you feel more comfortable in your own home.
3. Reduce Allergens and Bugs
If you have allergies, you can expect to experience them less. Sealed cracks mean less opportunity for annoying allergens to get in your home.
And if you don’t care for creepy-crawlies sharing your home with you, these now-sealed cracks reduce their opportunity for a free stay.
4. Longer Window Life
Replacing your windows means thousands of dollars in additional costs. Instead of shelling out big money for new windows, make the most of the ones you have.
Sealing the cracks protects your windows from the outdoor weather. This slows their aging process. And it puts more money in your pocket.
Yes. You win when you seal your windows. And now you know all the ways in which you win.
So the next time you have the budget, consider making sealing your windows a priority.