Window and window treatment can be one of the most profoundly beautiful features of your home. Windows can also be one of the most energy inefficient features if you are not using them correctly. The video “top 5 mistakes everyone is making with windows! (even the pros)” discusses some common mistakes people make with windows.
It also provides tips to help you use your windows to their full potential.
Some common mistakes people make with windows are that they do not know how much insulation windows need and end up damaging their windows with abrasive cleaners. Others include letting drafts in through cracked sealant and faulty caulking and not using weatherstripping on all sides of exterior doors.
Avoiding mistakes with your windows and window treatment will help prevent money wastage in heating air that could easily escape through an improperly sealed window. Regarding thermal safety for your windows, there is one number that matters. That number is the R-value. It measures the resistance of a material to heat flow.
For this reason, it will help to always look for windows with higher insulation values. You can still take steps to improve the energy efficiency of lower-rated windows. Talk to your window technician about what extra steps they recommend to improve the energy efficiency of lower-rated windows.