Most of the time you don’t think about the need to upgrade your windows, that is, until the summer months roll around. The constant heat can take a toll on your energy bill and make your home uncomfortable. Your windows are the source of most of the light coming into your home, but they are also the source of most of the heat entering your home. To beat the summer heat, there are several options when it comes to your windows. Some ways can be done rather cheaply, while others may cost you a pretty penny.
To help you decide which route is best for you, here are 3 ways to upgrade your windows before summer overtakes you.
Nothing lasts forever, as the old saying goes, and that applies to your windows, too. The seal around your windows will wear out over time. This can cause small leaks where air can get into your home and leave your home easily. These leaks, however small, can put a dent in your energy bill as the cool air from your air conditioned home slowly leaks out. The summer heat already takes a toll on your energy bills, but with poorly insulated windows, it can get even worse. Resealing your windows is an easy and very cost-effective way to upgrade your windows. This can be done as easily as applying a new layer of caulk or sealant around the frame. At a certain point, however, it becomes more practical to replace your windows than to reseal them.
Even with perfectly sealed windows, the windows themselves may be letting in too much heat into your home. Windows often receive some type of treatment at the factories where they are made. This treatment usually includes a low emissivity coating that helps reflect heat, and argon gas pumped between the panes as extra insulation. Over time, these protective measures wear out and your windows become more susceptible to letting in unnecessary heat. If that’s the case, you may need new windows. While new windows will fix the problem, they can be expensive, especially if you are seeking high efficiency, energy-saving windows. There are multiple options available including double-paned and triple-paned windows, which provide exceptional heat protection as well as many other benefits. The downside, again, is that these windows often come with a hefty price tag.
Before you decide to upgrade your windows by replacing them, there may be a better, more cost-effective option: window film. The right window film can turn your windows from an energy-sucking problem area for your home into a protective, money-saving asset. 3M window films allow you to maintain the views and natural light you enjoy in your home while also protecting your home from heat and sun damage. In fact, the right window film can reduce up to 78% of the sun’s heat coming through your windows. They can also block up to 99% of harmful UV rays from the sun. The overall effect is a cooler home and lower energy bills during the summer. Window film is the easiest way to upgrade your windows without breaking the bank.
If you’d like to see how window films can transform your windows and save you money on energy bills, then contact us today and get a free quote. At Solar X, we’ve made it our business to provide the best window films to protect your home…and your wallet. You’ll get a cooler home during the summer and make a huge upgrade to your most valuable asset: your home.