How Do I Winterize Drafty Windows?

By fiderioandsons Dec 16, 2015

Drafty Window Winter
It’s important that you seal drafty windows before the cold weather wreaks havoc on your energy bills. One of the biggest concerns for CT window homeowners is losing energy and/or letting heat escape from the home. Many homeowners are unaware of the different types of window treatments available for energy efficiency, and the amount of money lost when not having these treatments installed. So, this post will cover several methods to help you quickly winterize drafty windows.

Window Caulking

First, clean your windows to make sure that there isn’t any dust, lingering old paint, or caulk. Next, caulk the three most important areas of the window: the perimeter of window trim, joints of the trim, and the frame). We recommend using a non-toxic indoor latex caulk. If you have any questions or concerns regarding how to properly caulk your windows, feel free to contact us.

Shrink Wrap

If your windows are barely protecting your home from drafts, you can always rely on the ole shrink-wrap fix. First, you need to buy a shrink wrap kit from a hardware store. Then, you must apply two-sided tape to the window frame, sticking the plastic to the frame, and gently heating the taped area with a hair dryer. It’s essential that you create a tight seal, otherwise your efforts won’t end up helping. The only downside to the shrink-wrap fix is that it doesn’t actually solve the drafty window issue; rather, it’s like putting a band-aid on a window.

New Shades & Curtains

This is another relatively inexpensive solution for drafty windows. After a brief trip to the store, cover your drafty windows with either shades or curtains to help block the drafts. Curtains help to keep drafts out while allowing warm air in and shades help let in light while insulating your home.

Replace Missing Glazing

The glazing putty that seals your window panes will inevitably crack over time, so it’s important that you reglaze the area when you notice drafty windows. Even though it can take some time to get good at glazing, even an average glazing job will help get rid of most of the leaks. Begin by removing the old putty. Then, remove the pane and add a fresh batch of putty. Press the glass into the putty gently, and add glazing points – small metal points that push into the sash, securing the pane. Use a screwdriver to push the points into place. Apply a thin roll of putty and use a clean putty knife to smooth it all out.

Replace Underperforming Windows

The obvious long-term fix for remedying drafty CT windows is to replace them with brand new, energy-efficient replacement windows. Take some time to research your options, as well as frame materials to understand what will work well with your home. However, it’s important to keep in mind that replacing home windows is a job best left for the professionals.

Fiderio & Sons | CT Replacement Windows

Installing new windows is not an easy task and if you are a window novice, it is better to seek help from someone who knows what they are doing. Whether it is a specialty Connecticut window contractor or the home-improvement know-it-all neighbor, a perfect installation gives your home more security and thermal protection. If you choose to hire a contractor, make sure you ask for references, estimates and detailed contracts and warranties before officially beginning any project with them.

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