How to Winterize Your Windows
Window winterization is the best way if you want to lower the heat losses in your home. The US Department of Energy stated that energy-efficient windows can reduce heating or cooling costs by as much as 20 to 30%. If you want to save some money this winter and you can’t afford new windows, here are some tips for your window winterization.
How to winterize your windows depends on what kind of windows you have. Old windows need a bit more extensive work. First step is to locate the leaks you might have. Light a candle and hold it 4 to 6 inches from the window flame. If it flickers or goes out, then your windows need protection. Another method is by applying a window film to the glass to reflect harsh sunlight. Films are generally made of polyester or thin plastic applied to the window’s interior by homeowners or glued to the surface by professional installers. Apply removable caulk around fissures surrounding your windows and doors and wipe away any excess. If this isn’t the first time you’re doing this, carefully remove the old caulk with a scraping tool and replace it. However, if you want your window winterization to be effective then you should work on a dry day so moisture won’t get into caulk. You can use wood filler to fill in any larger gaps between the wood siding and the window frames. Also, you can paint over the wood filter with a weather proof primer and exterior paint for extra protection.
If you live in a cold environment you should consider replacing your screens with storm windows, especially if you are not in the market to replace your windows all together. If you currently have aluminum frames, you should change them because those should mostly be used in warm climates. For colder climates the best choices are fiberglass, wood and vinyl, even if aluminum frames are cheaper.
Ask your home improvement retailer what type of materials you should buy for weather stripping, specific to your climate. You can choose from vinyl, bronze or aluminum but it also depends on your budget.
Preparing your windows for the cold weather should take a few hours, but all the time spent with your window winterization will pay for itself the whole winter. Think about all those savings to your energy bill and start sealing all your windows and doors. If you rather work with a specialist, do some research before or just ask someone who specializes in window winterization. This way you know you’ll get the best quality and you can be sure you won’t regret the decision.