From Matt Wilson on October 15, 2013 in Window Replacement
When the temperatures begin to drop, there is nothing better than enjoying the warmth of a well-insulated home. However, it can be challenging to keep the cold air out when winter winds begin to blow. To stave off the chilly winter air, insulating your windows should be your first line of defense. While storm windows are the most effective way to ensure proper insulation, there are several low-cost and environmentally-friendly ways that you can cut your heating costs while keeping your home comfortable throughout the winter months.
Hang Cellular Shades
Cellular shades are made from a variety of materials that use a special layering system that is similar to a honeycomb. This helps to create little pockets that hold air in a similar manner to the way a quilt would work. These shades also come in a variety of sizes to fit any area from a bedroom window to a large glass door. When choosing cellular shades, be sure to look for durable materials that will last for more than one season.
Apply Insulating Window Film
Insulation film designed for windows is an effective solution that is temporary enough to be ideal for renters while being durable enough to last throughout the winter months. Insulating window film is fairly simple to apply using double-sided tape designed for this purpose. Then, a hair dryer is used to heat-shrink the film to the windows. When you are using window film for the winter, be sure to look for film that is specifically labeled for convection control to reduce condensation as well.
Seal Air Leaks
The shifting that occurs in any building often leads to small cracks and crevices around window frames. This allows cold air to blow indoors while also enabling your heat to escape. Begin by visibly inspecting your windows to identify any possible cracks. It can also be helpful to move a candle around the window frame look for a flickering flame that indicates air flow. Then, use caulk to seal any obvious cracks around the frame and apply weather stripping in the sash.
Layer Window Treatments
During the fall and winter seasons, you should always change your window treatments to thicker versions that can work as blankets to keep out the cold air. Lush fabrics can add a decorative touch while also being functional enough for helping to lower your heating costs. Look for energy-efficient curtains in heavy fabrics that can be layered as they are hung. This is a stylish way to insulate your windows that can be used again each season.
Keeping cold air out of your house and warm air in during the winter is the most effective way to increase the energy-efficiency of your home. Short of replacing your windows, there are many things you can do to insulate them to maximum capacity. Ideally, this should include using several of the above methods together to ensure that your home is completely sealed and ready to keep you warm throughout the fall and winter while helping to lower your heating costs.