Old Windows Can Lose 25% of Your Home’s Energy

Outdated windows are one of the biggest sources of energy loss in the home. According to The Department of Energy, you may be losing up to 25% of your home’s energy through your outdated windows. This is especially the case if you are living with single pane windows. 

One of the major points of energy loss with old windows is due to air infiltration. This is when energy escapes through access points such as the frames, the sash, and where the sill meets the sash. New windows help create an airtight seal to reduce as much energy loss as possible.

Even if your windows are older and dual pane, you can still lose energy from around the frames. The Department of Energy suggests that new weatherstripping can help you save roughly 10% on your energy costs, but keep in mind this is a temporary approach to complete window replacement.

Walls Can Lose 35% of Home Energy

As if losing 25% of your home’s energy isn’t bummer enough, your walls can actually make things worse. According to Home Logic, homeowners may lose up to 35% of their home’s energy through the walls. This is often due to lack of insulation that is responsible for preventing heat loss. Gaps in the walls where windows and doors are improperly installed also contribute to lost energy.

Roofs and Attics Lose 25%

Similarly to windows, your roof and attic can lose a substantial amount of energy as well. Lost energy through your attic is another case of lack of insulation. Spray foam insulation is amongst the most energy efficient, with an R-value of R-6 to R-6.5 per square inch. Furthermore, energy can escape through areas in the ceiling that aren’t properly sealed with roofing on the exterior. It only takes a small hole or gap to send energy right through the roof—literally.

How do you prevent lost energy in the home? Make sure that all of your exterior products are recently upgraded. Professional installation is important as well, since a skilled crew can be sure that there are as few energy leaks as possible. 

The downside is that preventing 100% energy loss in the home is next to impossible. However, investing in quality exterior products from Universal Windows Direct can help make a difference on your utility bills.