Windows can be a blessing and a curse regarding efficiency in your home. They are the primary source of natural light but can also leak air, causing your HVAC system to work harder. In this blog post, we’ll discuss ensuring your windows are working correctly so your HVAC system can function efficiently.
Windows Help Heat and Cool Your Home
Windows are one of the primary sources of natural light in any home, but they also play an essential role in heating and cooling. During the winter, windows act as insulators by trapping warm air inside while keeping cold air out. During the summer months, they let cool breezes in while keeping hot air out, which helps keep your home comfortable without relying too heavily on your cooling system.
Consider adding thermal curtains or blackout blinds for extra insulation to get even more out of your windows during these times of the year.
Curtains and Blinds Can Increase Efficiency
When it comes to keeping cool during hot days or warm during cold nights, curtains and blinds are essential pieces of equipment for regulating temperatures inside the home. Thick curtains can help insulate against cold drafts, while light-colored curtains can reflect sunlight away from the house during hot days.
Similarly, blinds come in various shapes and sizes, which makes them perfect for controlling how much natural light enters through each window, depending on the season or time of day. Investing in quality curtains and blinds is well worth it if you want to keep warm or cool efficiently all year round!
The Importance of Draft Protection For Your Windows
If you own an older house, chances are you have some air leaks that need to be addressed. Small cracks around windows or under doors may seem minor, but they can significantly impact energy efficiency. These cracks allow warm air to escape.
Drafts occur when air escapes through cracks in windows or doors or around the edges of frames. The escaping air causes your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, leading to higher utility bills and more wear and tear on your system.
To prevent drafts, check your windows regularly for gaps or cracks and repair or replace them as needed. If you need new windows, consider investing in energy-efficient models with double-paned glass and other features that will help keep air from escaping and your energy bill from skyrocketing.
If you suspect your windows have been causing unnecessary wear and tear to your HVAC system, our experts at Scott Harrison Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can assess the damage and provide the proper maintenance and repair. Contact us online or give us a call! (714) 695-5566