With temperatures falling, you may be wondering how to keep your utility bills from climbing too high this coming winter.
Along with tuning up that furnace and turning down the thermostat when you’re not home, improvements to your windows can make a big difference.
Here are some excellent ways to winterize your windows for maximum comfort and big energy savings.
- Inspect your windows to be sure the panes are in good condition. If you notice any cracks, have them repaired or replaced.
- Weather-stripping creates a tighter seal around the sash that protects against drafts and cold temperatures. Different types of weather-stripping include adhesive-backed foam, v-seal, rubber gasket stripping and felt stripping, so shop around to find the style that works best with your windows.
- Fresh caulk around the perimeter of your window creates a tight, long-lasting seal that keeps out cold air and drafts. It doesn’t shrink up, won’t attract dust and doesn’t cost much. Before applying new caulk, remove old caulk, wash with warm, soapy water and dry with an old towel.
- Make sure your windows have adequate insulation behind the trim. Batt insulation or spray foam both do a great job of keeping warm air in and cold air out.
- Reinforce double-hung windows with extra sash locks. They create an extra tight fit for your windows that keeps drafts out and prevents leaks.
- Do-it-yourself window insulation kits are another great option. The shrink wrap plastic sheets adhere to your window casing, and you use a hair dryer to seal it. Keep in mind that once you install this type of insulation, you cannot open the windows until you peel off the shrink wrap in the spring.
- Slip bubble wrap into the cracks between the window and the frame. You can also cut a piece of bubble wrap to match the size of each pane, spritz the pane with water, and gently press the bubble wrap onto it.
- If you have basement window wells, cover them to block moisture and keep drafts out.
- Install storm windows if your home doesn’t already have them.
- If your old windows are no longer up to the task, invest in new ones. Look for models with a low air leakage rating and tight seal. ENERGY STAR rated windows can lower utility bills significantly and reduce your carbon footprint.
Preparing your windows now will help you stay cozy and warm all season long, without paying more than you have to for energy.
If you need help winterizing your home or if it’s time for a remodel, contact Elite Renovations & Design today!