While many doors and windows today are specifically created to insulate homes and keep warm air in during the winter, there may still be a draft coming in from cracks and small crevice’s around the frames. Or you may just want some added protection to ensure there is no warm air wasted. Here are a few tips to further winter-proof your windows and doors.
Window Insulation Film
Window insulation film is actually a thin layer of plastic that is applied directly to the surface of the window. It almost looks like you are putting plastic wrap on your windows. The film works to reduce heat transfer and increase the insulation in your home. Window insulation film is a cheap insulator, but it can leave your windows with a cloudy, shrink-wrapped look.
Weather stripping is used to seal cracks around doors and windows that may be letting in unwanted drafts. Weather stripping is usually a roll of rubber or felt that can be applied to cracks within the frame of the door or window. To apply weather stripping you will cut it to the desired length and apply it where necessary, some rolls will have an adhesive side, but others must be glued on. Weather stripping is also typically cheap but can leave glue or sticky residue on door frames.
Draft snakes or draft blockers are thin rolls of fabric that can be placed under a door or windowsill to block the draft of cold air from seeping in. Draft blockers are available in many colors and designs to fit your household style!
Insulated Shades or Curtains
Using insulated shades and curtains to keep heat in is always a viable option. Cellular shades or heavy curtains are effective at insulating heat and can be rolled up or pushed away whenever, unlike weather stripping or insulation film.
Use these cheap tricks to increase insulation and reduce drafts for your window and doors this winter. If you have older windows and doors and are experiencing overwhelming heat loss, contact Climate Door and Window to discuss our climate controlled products!