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 in identifying air leaks is to thoroughly check for any potential sources. One effective method is using a candle, as it provides a quick and easy way to detect even the slightest drafts. Simply light the candle and carefully hold it near the window. If you notice any flickering of the flame, it’s a clear indication of an air leak. Additionally, it’s advisable to examine the window frame for any visible cracks or gaps. By meticulously inspecting these areas, you can ensure a comprehensive assessment of potential air leaks. And if any are found, promptly seal them up using caulk or weatherstripping for airtight protection against drafts and heat loss.
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 are a highly effective solution that adds an additional layer of protection against the harsh elements of cold weather. Designed to be easily installed, these windows make a significant difference in enhancing the energy efficiency of your home. By creating an extra barrier against cold air, storm windows play a crucial role in providing insulation and warmth, resulting in a more comfortable living environment during chilly seasons.
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 old windows more energy efficient does not have to be a daunting or costly endeavor. With just a few straightforward steps, you can significantly enhance the energy efficiency of your home while keeping it cozy. Start by carefully inspecting your windows for any air leaks, and seal them using high-quality caulking or weatherstripping. These simple measures can help prevent drafts and unwanted air infiltration, ensuring optimal insulation. Additionally, consider the installation of storm windows, which provide an additional layer of protection against chilly weather and further improve energy efficiency. By taking these proactive measures, you’ll not only save on energy costs but also create a more comfortable and sustainable living environment.
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