DEC 18, 2015

Get Your Windows Ready for Winter

If you have drafty windows, winter can be a cold and even more expensive time. Apart from installing new double or triple glazed windows, there are other short-term fixes to insulate your windows from the winter chill. As quick fixes, they won’t offer the long term benefits of new windows, but whilst you’re waiting to improve your home, these tips should help to lower your energy bills.

Strips of rubber weather sealing

Hardware stores and the internet both have plenty of self-stick rubber weather sealing for sale. You simply cut the strips to your window’s dimensions and stick it to the frame to seal out drafts. Using rubber sealing can lead to paint damage or sticky residues, but it’s a cheap and effective solution that causes minimal alterations to the appearance of your windows.

Window insulation film

This is another solution you can buy in hardware stores or online. These insulation film kits include plastic shrink film to apply to the inside of your window frame with double sided tape. You then heat the film with a hairdryer to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles in it. The downside to this film is that it gives windows a cloudy, shrink-wrapped look, but it’s very cheap and effective.

Cellular blinds

Cellular blinds have the ability to insulate your windows whilst still letting in that precious winter light. You have to order them to be custom cut, but this is expensive and they’re not the best option for complete insulation.

Layered, heavy curtains

Using layers of heavy curtains can be a very effective way to insulate your home. Whilst the curtains can be expensive and block out light, it offers a really good look to your home, and you can match them to fit in with your decor.

Draft snakes

Using these fabric tubes on a window sill will prevent cold drafts from creeping into your home. They’re great to make with the family and a perfect children’s project in the Christmas holidays. Whilst cheap and potentially a good DIY project, they only insulate the window sill, not the glass or the frame.

Created on 18th December 2015
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