Oh dreaded winter. Are you sick of hearing about the oncoming snow and storms yet? We’re a bit sick of talking about it, but we at Martino Home Improvements want to make sure that our customers are prepared. That’s why we’re going to go over tips for winterizing your home windows. These tips will help you save on your energy bills and protect your home.
1. Install Storm Windows
Did you know that storm doors and windows can increase energy efficiency by 45%? That’s what makes installing storm windows worth it. To do this you simply remove your screens, clean out the tracks and put in the storm windows. In just a couple simple steps you now have an extra layer of protection and warmth.
2. Replace Weather Stripping
It’s easy for air to get through windows if the weather stripping is old and worn away. That’s why it’s a good thing to replace your weather stripping if you feel a draft coming in. You can get supplies at your local hardware store.
3. Install Window Insulation
You can buy a window insulator kit at your local hardware store. It’s just basically plastic sheeting that you put on the interior of your window. You then use a blow dryer to shrink-wrap it to the window. The plastic can be removed in the spring.
4. Buy Heavy Curtains
You can insulation your glass and install storm windows, but if the problem is old window frames then this won’t be much help. The best solution would be to get new window frames. However, this isn’t best for your budget. Another trick is to buy heavy curtains. There are some that are designed to insulate and absorb the sun’s heat.
5. Shovel Snow Away
The last thing you need to do to protect your home this winter is to clear snow away from windows. This will prevent water from seeping into your home and protect your windows from heavy snow damage. These are just a few ways to warm up your home this winter and keep your windows safe. But remember that nothing beats the cold winter better than newly installed windows.