That special time of year has come again- the leaves are right about to begin changing colors and the air outside has a small bite in the mornings. Your windows (and doors for that matter) could be a source of heat loss in your home. Think of your house like a body: both need to be properly encapsulated in order to stay warm and toasty on the inside. With this change in temperature, you may begin to notice that your ct windows are a bit drafty, so we will discuss several tips on how to deal with drafty windows, while discussing how to possibly lower your monthly heating bill.
Perform A Quick InspectionCheck all of your home's windows and doors to make sure there are no leaks anywhere. If you have the option, perform your inspection on a cold day so you can feel the cold air seeping through the sides of the windows and the bottom of the doors. If you don't find this process to be intuitive, we recommend that you light a candle, move the candle along the window frame to see if any leaking air moves the flame.
Caulk And Weather-StrippingIf you find any leaks, you can seal them with caulk or a roll of weather-stripping. You can purchase weather stripping at your local hardware store or by shopping online. When you receive the weather-stripping, cut long strips that will fit your window dimensions. Then, peel and stick these strips to the frame to close any gaps and keep out drafts. Maintaining a tight seal on doors and windows will make sure that the warm air stays in and the cold air stays out. Fortunately, these simple and relatively cheap sealing techniques will yield some noticeable energy savings.
Note: Remove Window Air Units
If you still have your window air conditioner units installed, whether it be for extra sleeping comfort or additional white noise, you will need to take them out for winter and store them if you can. The seal around an air conditioner is typically not airtight and will let in cold air. For whatever reason, if you absolutely cannot remove them, then try sealing them with fiberglass insulation so that air doesn't leak through.
Alternative: Clear Plastic Window FilmAfter purchasing a clear plastic window film kit, you can use a hair dryer to "stretch" the film over the window, which helps to seal any air leaking in around the sides. While this method can be effective for keeping warm air in, if you do not have good motor skills, you can easily make a mess. Rule of thumb: If you are not good at wrapping presents, you may not succeed with applying clear plastic window film.
Is It Time For New Windows?
Commonly, when homeowners attempt to insulate their ct windows for winter, they may find that their windows are not functioning properly. For instance, if you have windows that can't be opened easily, you could run into a safety issue. You surely wouldn't want any person to be able to climb in your house.
Also, if you have noticed that water is seeping through and allowing mold to grow in your walls, you should consider new ct replacement windows. Still looking for other signs? If your windows are rotting or your windows were installed prior to the Lead-Based Paint Initiative of 1978, it may be time to replace your windows. Luckily, if you have determined that you want to make the leap and purchase new windows, be sure to take advantage of the government's tax credit program! So, if you want to make your home more energy efficient, contact us for a free in-home estimate!