Maintain Energy Costs Through Your Windows

11 July 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you recently had new windows installed in your living room, maintain energy costs by applying foam insulation around the windows and securing window tint to the glass panes. The insulation will prevent cold or hot air from entering your home and the window tint will block the sun's rays. 

Materials

  • metal pry bar
  • cordless drill
  • cans of foam insulation
  • damp sponge
  • roll of self-adhesive window tint
  • measuring tape
  • rubber gloves
  • scissors
  • rubber-tipped squeegee
  • spray bottle
  • water
  • mild detergent

Add Insulation To The Edges Of Each Pane

Use the tip of a metal pry bar to loosen the casing that surrounds each pane. If the casings are secured to the walls with hardware, use a cordless drill to loosen and remove hardware pieces. Grasp each casing and pull it away from the glass panes. Apply a thin even layer of foam insulation around each pane. After the insulation foams up, inspect the sides of each pane and use a damp sponge to wipe away excess insulation if you accidentally applied too much. Wait for the insulation to stiffen before securing the casings around the windowpanes. 

Clean Glass Panes And Prepare Tint

Dampen a cloth with a window cleaning agent and wipe the cloth across the interior side of each windowpane. Dry the glass with a clean lint-free cloth. Measure the width and height of each windowpane. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and use a pair of sharp scissors to cut pieces of tint that are the same sizes as the panes. The gloves will prevent fingerprints from appearing on pieces of tint.

Secure Window Tint

Fill an empty misting bottle with water and a few drops of mild detergent. Shake the contents in the bottle for a minute or two to blend them. Peel the paper backing from the first piece of tint. After lining the tint up with the windowpane, press the tint firmly against the pane's surface. Move a rubber-tipped squeegee across the tint to flatten the window covering. If the edges of the tint won't remain flush with the glass, spray a small amount of soapy water over the edges of the tint before moving a squeegee across them.

Align the remaining pieces of tint and secure the window coverings to the glass panes. Prevent damage to the pieces of tint by avoiding the use of harsh cleaning agents or abrasive tools when attempting to eliminate dirty substances from the tint. Instead, use a small amount of soapy water and a lint-free cloth when cleaning the pieces. 

For more information, contact a professional in your area like those found at Robert G Miller.