Test your home for air tightness. On a windy day, carefully hold a lit incense stick or a smoke pen next to your windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches, and other places where air may leak. If the smoke stream travels horizontally, you have located an air leak that may need caulking, sealing, or weather-stripping.
Insulation is made from a variety of materials, and it usually comes in four types: rolls and batts, loose-fill, rigid foam, and foam-in-place.
Insulate your home when:
Windows can be one of your home’s most attractive features. Windows provide views, day lighting, ventilation, and heat from the sun in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10-25% of your heating bill by letting heat out.
If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with double-pane windows with high-performance glass – low-e or spectrally selective coatings.
If you decide not to replace your windows, consider following these tips to improve their performance.
Cold Weather Window Tips
Warm Weather Window Tips
By installing high-performance windows it will improve your home’s energy performance. While it may take many years for new windows to pay off in energy savings, the benefits of added comfort, improved aesthetics, and functionality can offset the cost.
Shopping Tips for Windows