If you were to rank the modern conveniences that you rely upon most heavily, climate control in your home would certainly be near the top of the list. The unfortunate reality, however, is that climate control comes at a hefty price. The US Department of Energy tells us that heating and cooling makes up 56% of energy use in the average American home, making climate control the single greatest household energy expense. In light of that fact, heating and cooling efficiency becomes a matter worthy of attention.
You may be surprised to learn that one of the worst energy-efficiency-sabotaging culprits is also one of the things you couldn’t imagine living without—your windows. At this very moment, up to one-third of your home’s heating and cooling energy may be seeping out your windows. This means that your climate control system has to work approximately 50% harder than it would if you didn’t have any windows in your home!
Though these numbers may be discouraging, there are ways to lessen the energy seepage that occurs through your windows. Check out the infographic below for help to minimize energy loss through windows.
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