If you are worried about the increasing heating bills that you will encounter during the winter season, then there are many ways you can prevent the cool breeze from entering your toasty-warm home. It is very important for you to keep your doors and windows airtight so that the cool winter breeze is left outdoors where it belongs.
There is no doubt that dual pane window insulation will help in keeping the heat inside during the winter months. However, what do you do if you have “classic windows” and do not want to replace them? Well, if replacing old historic windows is not your cup of tea, and money is tight, then you can try out some of the tips below to winterize your windows and doors.
Inspection of Doors and Windows
Before winter sets in, it is time for you to carry out a thorough inspection of the doors and the windows in your home. You should check for any noticeable and wide cracks in the windowpanes. It is also important for you to make sure that all the doors of your home close properly. If not, get them patched up, or replaced before the winter sets in. If you have a feeling that certain rooms have drafts, then you can examine this pretty easily. Light a long candle and hold it up to the level of your door or window. If you see the candle light flickering towards you, there might be a draft in the room.
How to Winterize Doors?
If you have doors that open to the outside, then you will be letting out the heat in the room every time you open and close that door. So, make sure you open doors only when it is necessary. You can install storm doors in your home for the screen doors, and this will help in keeping the heat in the room and keep the winter out. If there are gaps around your doors, then you need to add a weather strip to keep the heat inside the home. You can pick up a weather strips from any local hardware store, and installation is very easy.
How to Winterize Windows?
The majority of heat inside your home escapes out through the windows. The following are a few tips to keep the heat in and to not let dollars fly right out through the windows.
- If you have the budget, try to replace the window screens in your home with glass panes. This will help the insulation in your home.
- If you detect any cracks in the windows, you can apply caulk on the outside of the windows with the help of a caulking gun. This will prevent entry of cool wind.
- You can also install thermal curtains on the main windows of your home. Keep the curtains open during the sunny winter days to let the heat into warm your home. Make sure you close it at night to prevent the heat from escaping.
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