Winter time is the best time to make sure your home is energy efficient. One way to do that is by ensuring your windows are not drafty. If you have older windows, there are some things you can do to make sure they are more energy efficient. In this blog post, the Oak Mountain Glass team will explore a few of those things.
1. Check for Air Leaks
The first step is to check for air leaks. A quick and easy way to do this is with a candle. Light the candle and hold it near the window. If the flame flickers, then you probably have an air leak. You should also check for visible cracks or gaps around the window frame, and if you find any with either method, seal them up with caulk or weatherstripping.
2. Caulk and Weatherstrip
Once you have identified where the air leaks are, you can seal them up with caulk or weatherstripping. Caulk is best for gaps around the window frame while weatherstripping works well for gaps between the moving parts of the window, such as the sash. And while you’re working on them, be sure to inspect the condition of your window glass. If it’s cracked or chipped, it might be time to replace the pane.
3. Install Storm Windows
Storm windows provide an extra layer of protection against the cold weather. They are relatively easy to install and can make a big difference in how energy efficient your windows are. Storm windows create an extra barrier against cold air and help insulate your home.
4. Add a DIY Insulation Barrier Against the Cold
Hang heavy curtains over your windows to help keep heat in and cold out. Make sure to close them at night and when you leave the house during the day. If you don’t have a budget for new curtains, you can simply add a layer of bubble wrap or plastic film over your windows. This will help even more with insulation but if you don’t have bubble wrap lying around from a recent Amazon order, you can also use plastic wrap from the kitchen to great effect.
Making your old windows more energy efficient does not have to be difficult or expensive. By taking a few simple steps, such as checking for air leaks and caulking or weatherstripping gaps, you can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home. You may also want to consider installing storm windows for an extra layer of protection against the cold weather.