While youâ€™re probably one of the many hoping the groundhog doesnâ€™t see his shadow in a few weeks, it looks like cold weather will be here at least until then. If youâ€™re feeling the frigid temperatures at home, it might not be your thermostat thatâ€™s the problem.
Poorly insulated windows can be a major issue, causing drafts and air leaks throughout your house. So before you call your heating technician, try trapping the heat with these window insulation techniques.
Rubber Weather Sealing
Found at any local hardware store or online, rubber sealings are a simple fix for ill fitting windows. Just cut the self-stick rubber to fit your windowâ€™s dimensions and apply it to any loose areas or gaps. Be careful though when removing the strips in a few years, as they have been known to chip paint and leave a sticky residue.
Insulation Film Kits
Kits usually include all the plastic shrink wrap and attachments that youâ€™ll need. First, attach the film to your indoor window frame with double sided tape, then heat it with a blowdryer. While itâ€™s a quick and inexpensive fix, it may leave your windows looking cloudy and discolored.
With cellular shades youâ€™ll get the best of both worlds – insulation and sunlight coming through. But because they usually need to be laser cut from a design center, they can be costly and still donâ€™t insulate as well as heavy drapes.
Heavy curtains will keep out drafts and leave your house feeling warmer. But while they insulate well, you wonâ€™t get much natural sunlight into the house.
Similar to a rubber sealing, draft snakes are tubes that can be cut to fit your window frame and placed under a loose window to prevent drafts. Though they are easy to make right at home, youâ€™ll only be insulating the window sill and not the glass itself.
At Action Glass, we know the importance of energy efficient home upgrades, which is why we offer low-E energy efficient glass windows. We have been a family owned and operated full glass service business for over 45 years and proudly serve Queens, NYC, Long Island, and Westchester. For more information on our glass services, call 800-24-GLASS.