When the temperatures start to drop, the energy bills have a tendency to rise.
Winterizing your windows to keep the cold out will help to maintain energy efficiency in your home, keeps your energy bills down while also keeping you comfortable during the winter months. The following are a few steps you can take to help save you money and keep your home warm and happy throughout the cold season:
Check For Drafts
About 30% of a home’s heat can escape through small cracks and holes around windows and under doors. Substantial drafts can translate into a 50-70% increase in energy bills. If you have old, drafty windows, the best option will be to replace them. While this can be more costly than some people are looking to take on at the moment, it can save hundreds of dollars over the course of the season, and will keep saving you money throughout the upcoming summer months and years to come, as well. Replacement windows are the most effective way to go to eliminating your window drafts, and although they take up time and money upfront, they will save you money and headache down the road. If your home is not equipped with storm windows, this is a must unless you have newer, double-paned windows, which serve the same purpose.
If replacement windows are not an option, consider an easy-to-do draft repair methods, such as installing weather stripping. Find the leaks around your windows and frames by holding a candle near the edges. If the flame flickers or goes out, it is a good indication that you have a leak. Also, by wetting your finger and tracking it along the edges of the window or frame you be able to better feel for a draft. Another trick is shining a flashlight through at night. If you are able to see the light shining through it is definitely time to seal up the crack. For a quick-fix, use weather stripping to fill gaps and minimize the air filtration flowing in and out of the windows.
Caulking along the window frames will also help to seal any small cracks or holes that may have occurred over time to help keep the cold air out and the warm air in. Make sure to caulk the frames on the inside and outside of the window.
Use these helpful tips to prepare your windows for winter to save money on your energy bill and keep everyone inside cozy when the weather is frightful. For more information or to purchase the products featured above, shop our website or stop by one of our many locations to speak to an expert on how to winterize your windows before it’s too late!
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