If you just purchased a home that has old, single pane windows with wood frames, you don't necessarily need to run out and replace your windows right away. Here are four things that you need to know about taking care of your, new to you, old wooden windows.

#1 Increase The Energy Efficiency

Old windows are often knocked for not being that energy efficient. However, there are numerous steps that you can take, short of replacing your older wood windows, in order to increase the efficiency, outside of replacing your windows.

One way to increase the energy efficiency of your windows is by installing interior storm panels. These panels easily adhere to your windows, and can make your old wood windows as efficient as your newer windows.

Another way to increase the energy efficiency of your windows is by putting thin, inexpensive exterior storm windows over the top of your existing windows. This will add another layer of protection and help reduce the heat lost through your windows.

You can also put window film on your windows that is clear and transparent to help increase the energy efficiency and strength of your windows.

#2 Protect The Frame

Although it is true that wooden window frames can rot, that really only happens when one fails to take care of the frame for years on end. Older windows are often made of high-quality wood that is rot and insect resistant. To take care of the frame on your window, you need to seal the wood on your window every year. This will help protect the wood from potentially rotting at any point in time. You can also make sure that your wood is covered in a fresh coat of paint if you don't want the fresh wood look that sealing your windows provides.

#3 Do Repairs Right Away

Finally, when something breaks on your wooden window, such as the sash cord or pulley, it is important to repair it right away. The best thing about older windows is that they are made out of simple parts that you can easily find at your local hardware or home improvement store. Additionally, most repairs are thing that you should be able to easily do on your own without a huge time or money investment.

Older windows can work just as well in your home as newer windows if you take care of them properly. You will need to keep the wood sealed and take care of any repairs that arise; these tasks are relatively simple and will help extend the life of your old windows without you having to invest in costly upgrades. Contact a company like Authorized Factory Service to learn more.