Stay Warm This Winter: 5 Ways Keep Cold Air From Coming Into Your Windows
Now that it is cold outside, the last thing you want to happen is for cold air to come in your windows. This will not only make your electrical bill go up but you and your family will not be comfortable in your home. Below are five ways you can keep that cold air outside.
Use Cellular Shades
Shades can be used for much more than to block the sun. There are some shades that will also prevent cold air from getting into your home. One type of shade that works well is the cellular shade. This type of shade is made from pleated fabrics. The fabric forms honeycomb compartments. These compartments trap air that comes through the window. You can find them with different layers, such as single, double and triple. The more layers the shade has the more air it can hold so you should consider purchasing at least double or triple.
Weather stripping is one of the best ways to keep cold air out. Check the weather stripping for each window and if it looks damaged at all, remove the weatherstripping and replace it with new. If your weather stripping is in good condition, you can add more temporarily. Purchase temporary weather stripping at a home improvement or hardware store. Put a strip of it at the top of the window and a strip where the window meets the sill.
Use Cotton Balls
If you do not want to spend a lot of money, push cotton balls into any cracks you see around the window frame. You can push the cotton balls in using a pair of tweezers. This may not look aesthetically pleasing but it is only temporary and it will prevent air from getting in very well.
Use Window Insulation Film
Purchase some clear window insulation film and put it over each window in your home. Once placed, it is not noticeable. You can purchase window insulation kits at home improvement stores or online. It is easy to apply to windows so you should be able to do this yourself.
You can purchase large pieces of plexiglass that you can use to keep drafts out of your windows. Measure your windows and then cut the plexiglass to that size. Secure the glass on your windows using screws. You can use a drill to make the holes for the screws in each corner of the window frame. When the weather starts warming up again, simply unscrew the plexiglass and store it away to be used next year.
If you continue to have drafty windows, it may be time to replace them with more energy efficient windows. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Draperies Etc By Pat Alechko.