Winter is approaching fast. Pretty soon, it’ll reach freezing temperatures and you’ll need to double or even triple up on your layers when you go outside.
While you know what to expect when you’re out and about, you don’t want to have to wear layers while you’re at home, too. Avoid drafts and chilly indoor temperatures by winterizing your home. One of the most important steps is to have windows that are properly insulated. Here are four ways to improve your windows’ insulation and create a warmer, cozier home.
Install storm windows
Storm windows come in handy during the cold months. You can place them on the inside or outside of your home and they’re usually used for older single-pane windows. These are not permanent, and they are much more cost-effective than replacing all your windows. They even come in different types of finishes and the frames are made of vinyl, wood or aluminum, so you don’t have to worry about them not matching your home. Installing them is not hard; it can be done in one afternoon depending on how many windows you have.
Caulk and seal your windows
Air may be coming in through your windows without you even knowing it. You may feel a draft when you stand next to a window or you may not. To be sure, sign up for a home energy audit. Someone who is trained in this field will come in and use tools like infrared cameras and surface thermometers to determine any spots where air is escaping or coming into your home.
If the auditor determines that your windows are drafty, you can hire a contractor or do some DIY caulking and sealing. Simply scrape the old caulk off, get rid of hardened glazing, clean the areas you were working on, and then apply the caulk with your caulk gun. Caulk takes 12 to 15 hours to set, so be patient.
Use rubber weather stripping
If you have larger cracks and openings in your windows that caulk might not be able to treat, use rubber weather strips instead. All you do is cut them to size, and then stick them to your window frames. Just take note that they may remove some paint or leave behind a sticky residue when you strip them away.
Invest in drapes and blinds
Finally, don’t forget about your window treatments. They can make a world of difference for keeping out chilly drafts. One great option is to invest in heavy drapes with thermal lining to keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside. You can also buy honeycomb triple-cell shades. The cell pockets on these window blinds enclose the air hanging around your windows and ensure that your house stays warm.
Now that you’ve done an energy audit, sealed your windows, and replaced your window treatments, you’re ready for a comfortable and warm winter in your home.