As we say goodbye to summer, it is time to start thinking about preparing our homes for the winter. While winter will not be here for a few months, it will be cold before you know it. If you start early, you will ensure that your home is ready for winter. Being prepared allows you to save money on repairs as well as on your utility bills during the cold winter months.
Drafts are the number one way your home loses energy during the winter. All drafts do is let perfectly good energy out the window, causing your furnace to work harder and your home to feel cooler. If you are unsure if your windows have a draft, there is a simple test you can perform. On a day that the wind is blowing, light a match near the window. If the flame blows out, chances are you have a draft.
There are three ways to protect your home from cold drafts in the winter. If you have windows that are particularly drafty or that you will not use in the winter, you can install plastic over the windows on the interior or exterior. If you install the plastic on the exterior, you will need to nail the plastic down. If you put it on the interior, you can tape it down to secure it and use a hair dryer to make it fit perfectly to the window.
Window treatments can help to insulate your windows as well. If it is in your budget to purchase heavier drapes that have an insulated lining, you will benefit the most. If you don’t want to purchase new window treatments you can line your current drapes or even hang blankets up on the windows to insulate your windows, keeping the cold air out.
Weatherstripping is also an effective way to keep the drafts out of your home. This is typically the most costly solution, but it is the most effective at keeping the drafts out. Every window has a different method to install weatherstripping. If you decide to go this route, follow the instructions on the weatherstripping package as well as any advice given to you by your window manufacturer to ensure that you install it correctly.