Windows are one of the weakest points of a building in terms of energy efficiency. They let the heat in during the summer and let cool/warm air leave your house, so the heater or ac system must work harder to maintain the desired temperature inside the building. This results in higher energy bills and a general increase in the carbon footprint of your household.
There are three simple methods that can help you increase energy efficiency of your windows:
Install energy-efficient windows
This is the most expensive method, but you might get a rebate as this type of home improvement makes your house eco-friendly and reduces the level of energy consumption. Check in with your local authorities to find out whether there are some government financing options available to you. Energy-efficient windows come with a WERS (Window Energy Rating) label. The best type is the 5-star product as it performs equally well in keeping the building cool and trapping the warm air from the heaters inside your house.
Install window films
There are a variety of films available today. They differ in cost, durability, and appearance, so be sure to study your options carefully. A top-of-the-line ceramic window film can reflect as much as 80% of heat and 99% of dangerous UV rays. It comes in several shades, but there are some clear varieties available. If you want to use this opportunity to enhance the appearance of your property, you can choose a tinted or metallic film. In this case, you need to take into account that the room itself will always be a little bit darker. High-quality films are more expensive but they can last over a decade. Cheaper options provide efficient UV and heat protection, but they are subject to discolouration and cracking. Note that in order to ensure maximum performance and the best look, the film must be installed by qualified professionals.
Install beautiful and efficient blinds or curtains
Covering the window with curtains or blinds will work almost as well as installing a film, and will boost the energy efficiency rate if you use both these tools. Custom blinds and curtains come in a variety of materials and designs, so everyone can find a match for their home décor. This is the most affordable type of window protection that can help you save some money on the energy bills. In addition, shades or curtains can change the look of the entire room, so you can use them to redecorate with a minimal investment.