How to adapt windows and doors to spend less energy at home

How many tricks do you think of to spend less light? The Research Center for Energy Resources and Consumption (Circe), the coordinator of the European project Tribe, has created a guide that compiles 250 energy efficiency measures in buildings. In COINC we have reviewed each of them to review the most important advice by categories. On this occasion, we share those tips to optimize your energy expenditure through windows and doors.

Tips for adapting windows and doors to spend less at home

1. Use silicone or putty to reduce air infiltration through windows and doors.

2. Avoid air leaks.

3. Close windows and doors when heating or air conditioning systems are working. To ventilate the room it is sufficient to have the window open for 10 minutes.

4. Use natural ventilation through good management of opening of windows and doors.

5. Clean the windows periodically. It is important to keep the windows glass clean to allow a good penetration of natural light into the building and to improve its use, avoiding the use of artificial light.

6. In the hours when the sun is most intense, use blinds and awnings to avoid overheating the house.

7. Maintain the wood and aluminum window frame to prevent infiltration of water and air. 8. Use solar control glasses to reduce the amount of heat absorbed by the window.

9. Place a sheet behind the radiators to avoid heating the wall and prevent heat from escaping.

10. Maintain the surfaces of the rooms and paint so that the high efficiency of the light is maintained. For example, blank surfaces or light colors give a greater luminosity in the rooms.

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