That Darn Draft
It’s hard enough to stay warm in the winter without those darn drafts sneaking in through the windows. Stay more comfortable and lower your heating bills with these tips to prevent winter drafts.
Apply Rubber Weatherstripping
Self-sticking weatherstripping is a useful tool for helping windows close more tightly. To test if your window needs new weatherstripping, close it on a dollar bill. If the bill is easy to pull out, your window isn’t sealing tightly and outdoor air is leaking in.
Applying weatherstripping is easy. First remove any existing weatherstripping and scrape away residue. Measure twice and cut once to ensure the proper length. Peel the backing off the sticky side of the weatherstripping and press it firmly against the window frame. Now redo the dollar bill trick to make sure your efforts are keeping drafts at bay.
Fill in Cracks
Gaps around the window frame allow air to leak inside. You can use caulk to fill these cracks and reduce drafts. Choose a caulk product that comes in a disposable cartridge and fits in a caulk gun with an automatic release for easy application. Wait until it’s above 45 degrees outside to apply caulk.
First remove any existing cracked caulk with a putty knife or screwdriver. Clean and dry the area to ensure good adhesion. Now apply the caulk at a 45-degree angle to help the substance seep deep into the crack. Apply in one continuous stream. If caulk oozes out of the crack, use a putty knife or your moistened finger to smooth it out.
Hang Cellular Shades
Also known as honeycomb shades, this type of window covering features air pockets to add a layer of insulation to the window. The shades are thin enough to let light through so you can enjoy fewer drafts without sitting in total darkness.
Hang Heavy Curtains
Sometimes, darkness is exactly what you’re going for, especially in your bedroom. Heavy curtains don’t just block out the light; they also stop drafts from passing through the window. Pull heavy curtains over the windows at night to effectively cover them with a blanket and keep drafts out.
Lay a Draft Snack on the Windowsill
Traditionally placed under exterior doors, you can also place draft snakes on windowsills to help prevent cold air from creeping in. You can purchase one or make your own by sewing a tube of fabric at the right length and filling it with rice.
Install Window Insulation Film
If you’re confident you won’t need to open your windows all winter long, you can install an insulation film to mimic a storm window. This inexpensive method involves stretching plastic shrink film over a window and securing it in place with double-stick tape. Applying heat with a hair dryer shrinks the film until it’s tight as a drum. In the spring, simply remove the insulation film so you can regain use of your windows.
Have the Window Glass Replaced
Sometimes despite your best efforts, old single-pane windows just aren’t capable of keeping out drafts very well. If you determine this is the case, a window glass replacement could be your best option.
Glass Doctor® offers insulated double-pane window glass to help keep out drafts more effectively than single-pane windows. By replacing the glass in your existing frame, you can get rid of winter drafts for a smaller investment than replacing the entire window.
For insulated window glass replacement done right, please contact the Glass Doctor today.