Ever heard of summer weatherization? It’s how you can prepare your home for the summer heat. With so much importance being placed on how crucial it is for you to weatherize your home for the winter, not many people talk about weatherizing your home for the summer. In a few short days, the summer season officially starts. Before it does, check out the ways you can get your home ready for the scorching heat by weatherizing your windows.
Windows that leak air can become a major source of energy waste. With the temperatures being so hot, the last thing you want is for your home to remain hot because it keeps losing its cool air to the outside. As your home’s interior air leaks away, hot air can seep in making it a challenge for you to cool things off. To keep this from happening, you should inspect your windows for signs of leakage.
If there are any, you may be able to fix it without having to replace your windows. You can use clear caulking to seal up the leaks. Just make sure you get the high-quality kind, or you could end up having to reseal them in the near future. For a professional looking job, consider investing in a caulking gun.
If you notice that your windows are cracked or have spider web like lines, you may need to replace your windows. If you don’t, you could end up with problems keeping your home cool. Replace any cracked panes with energy efficient and insulated windows, so you’ll have an easier time keeping the temperatures inside of your home down.
Utilize Ceiling Fans and Shades
The goal is for you to keep the heat out of your home. You can do this by using thermal backed window coverings, shades or curtains to keep the sunlight out. Avoid turning and leaving on lights in rooms of your home that are not in use. Light generates heat and can increase the temperatures in your home. Keep them off so that you can preserve the coolness with the dark. Turn on your fans and use them to move the air so that it does not become hot and stagnant.
If you’re not quite up to the task of replacing your windows even though they may be cracked, you may be able to buy yourself some time with glazing putty. Good quality putty can keep your windows from leaking as long as you apply it the right way. Just remember that glazing putty is best as a short-term fix, not a long-term one.
If you do get around to replacing your windows, don’t forget that the glass should be high-efficiency Low-E coatings. This type of coating prevents thermal energy transfers from occurring which can be beneficial to your furniture, your health, and home’s interior temperature.
It is important for you to take good care of your windows and avoid shortcuts, so you don’t cause them to fail prematurely or become damaged. Along with performing regular maintenance on your home, you should inspect your windows periodically to ensure that they are providing the full level of protection. Chips, cracks and damaged panes and window structures should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible to prevent complications.
For more expert advice on how to protect your home’s interior from the scorching heat and summer window weatherization tips, feel free to check out our blog. You can also speak to the experts at Zen Windows. Call 615-295-8542 at your earliest convenience, and we’ll give you our full attention to resolve your windows concerns.