Windows are supposed to be airtight, but there are times when you can’t help but feel cold air seeping in. Since most Oklahoman’s don’t have thousands to spend on upgrading their windows to energy-efficient models before the holidays, it doesn’t mean you should have to suffer more than is necessary.
Thankfully, there are some practical, budget-friendly items perfect for insulating your windows and keeping the winter chill out until you can upgrade into more energy efficient windows.
Now with fall finally in full swing, it’s the perfect time to check for any energy leaks before the weather turns even colder. In this blog, we’ll give you some practical tips of things to do to maximize the energy efficiency of your OKC windows.
FIND AND SEAL LEAKS
- Add caulking or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows. You can buy strips of self-stick rubber weather sealing at your local hardware store or online. Cut long strips down to fit your window dimensions, then peel and stick to the frame to close any gaps and keep out drafts. Weatherstripping kits cost about $5 per window.
COVER DRAFTY WINDOWS
- Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration. You can buy these window insulation kits from a hardware store or online. These kits will include plastic shrink film that is applied to the indoor window frame with double-stick tape, then heated with a hair dryer to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles.
- Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing. The heavier the curtains are, the less air that will get through. Think of it this way: A curtain is kind of like putting a sweater on your window during the colder months. Consider buying a set of heavy curtains for winter and a lightweight variety for spring and summer. Curtains are an ideal way to keep the room stylish and warm at the same time. If you have a glass door, prevent unwanted airflow by hanging a floor-length curtain that you can pull shut at night. Just like windows, OKC glass doors are notorious for letting in cold air.
When you insulate your windows, just beware of the condensation that can accumulate between the curtains or film. If enough builds up, it can cause mold, so you’ll want to check them regularly. Many people find it helpful to put an alarm set on their phone to remind them to check every couple weeks.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our tips on keeping your house a little more energy efficient this winter. You just might find you save money on your energy bill, too. As always, if you have any questions, or want a professional opinion or help, we are here to serve you!