When you are a homeowner, one of your biggest concerns is likely how to keep your home as well-maintained as possible. This, in turn, will ensure that your energy bills are as low as possible. One of the key areas to focus on when you are concerned with energy efficiency is your windows. During the winter months, there are many ways that you can make sure your home's windows are as efficient as possible so that you can keep your energy bills low and your home warm. Get to know some of these steps that you can take so that your windows are more energy efficient this winter.

Replace Old Single Pane Windows With New Multi Pane Windows

When you have an older home and you have never replaced the windows, there is a good chance that your home has several windows with single pane glass. Single pane glass means that there is only one layer of glass between the interior environment of your house and the outside elements. This type of glass is inherently less energy efficient than newer, multi-pane windows.

When a window has more than one pane of glass, it means that there are multiple layers of glass with tiny pockets of air or space in between them. These pockets between layers of glass are extra layers of protection against energy transfer from the outdoors and your home. So, one of the best things that you can do to make your home more energy efficient is to replace those old windows with new two- or three-pane windows.

Seal Up Windows You Do Not Use In The Winter

For the most part, you will not need to open your windows frequently during the winter months. Whether or not you choose to replace your old windows this winter, you can make your windows more energy efficient by winterizing or weatherproofing the windows in your home.

There are different ways that you can go about doing this depending on the type of windows that you have. If some of your windows open with a crank (open outwards either vertically or horizontally), you can purchase weatherstripping that is essentially a thin layer of plastic sheeting. This plastic sheeting will adhere to your windows around the frame and the glass, sealing your window and preventing cold air from getting inside.

Another way to winterize your windows is through adhesive foam strips. This foam weatherstripping is placed along the outer edges of your windows and the seam alone where the window slides open and latches closed. This foam will help block air transfer along those seams and keep your home warmer throughout the winter. It is also easy to remove in the case of an emergency.

Now that you know a few of the ways that you can ensure your windows are as energy efficient as possible, you can get started and be sure that you keep your energy bills as low as possible this year.