5 Ways to Help Increase the Efficiency of Your Old WindowsWhile you might appreciate the beauty and unique character of your old home, you might not appreciate the windows. Older windows can sometimes rattle in the panes, feel drafty, become frosty or foggy on the inside, look warped, or have trouble opening and closing. During the winter, you might especially wish for more energy-efficient windows. Sometimes, replacing each window in an older house is not an option, especially if you are on a tight budget. Fortunately, you can improve your windows so they are more energy efficient.
- Replace Old or Damaged Glass
- Put New Glazing on Old Windows
- Add Storm Windows
- They provide another barrier against heat and cold. Old windows do not have the double or triple pane designs of modern windows. The glass can feel cold and be a source of constant heat loss in winter. A tight storm window adds another pane of glass, which helps to simulate the effect of a modern double-paned glass window.
- They provide protection to window components. Older windows are usually artfully crafted from old-growth wood. This wood is hardwearing, but it can have damage from mold, moisture, and insects. Your old window will perform better if both the glass and the wooden components are in good shape.
- Replace Missing or Broken Weather Stripping
- Use Removable Seals