Do you have a chilly spot in your home next to your windows that you avoid? Or do you feel like your heater is constantly on, even when it’s not that cold outside? There’s no need to feel chilly when a little home winterization can go a long way. One of the first places to start is with your windows.
Why So Much Heat is Lost Through Windows
Windows are one of the poorest insulators in your house and a large cause of heat loss in your home. A ⅛-inch pane of glass has a low R-value (the measure of how well a material insulates) of 0.03, compared to a well-insulated attic with an R-value between 38 and 60. Not only can heat escape through your window’s glass, but if there are any leaks in the glass or around the window sill then you’re losing even more heat through your windows.
Here are some simple ways to winterize your home when the temperature drops by giving your windows a little special treatment.
Home Winterization For Your Windows
Add Caulk and Weatherstripping
If you can feel air flowing by your windows or cold seeping in then you’ve got a leak. Fixing your leaks with caulking and weatherstripping is one of the easiest and least expensive solutions to winterize your windows. To caulk your windows, start with a clean window sill and trim. Then use latex interior caulking to close any gaps in the window frame or trim.
You can also add weatherstripping by attaching the stripping to where your window’s bottom edge meets the sill for further temperature protection.
Get New Window Treatments For Home Winterization
By choosing the right window treatments you can reduce your energy bills while maintaining your home’s decor. The two most energy efficient window treatments are plantation shutters and Honeycomb shades.
Polywood Plantation Shutters® are a classic window treatment that keeps the heat in. When closed all the way, they insulate up to 70% better than a traditional wood shutter and 1600% better than aluminum blinds. They have built-in weatherstripping that reduces heat transfer through the glass. They not only keep the heat in, but they accentuate your home’s décor and style.
Honeycomb shades trap air in between little pockets to keep your home warm while the mercury drops. They come in a variety of neutral colors to go with your home’s décor and can be adjusted up or down depending on how much light you need in the room.
Replace Your Windows
If you have old windows it may be time to replace them. Replacing windows is a very expensive option compared to the others, but it can save you money on your energy bills and update your home. Look for energy-efficient windows from top-rated companies.
Are Your Windows Ready for Winter?
If you want to prep your windows for this winter by adding some energy-efficient window treatments, we can help. We’ll give you a free in-home consultation so you know the best window treatments to meet your needs and match your style. Give us a call at 877-786-2877 to schedule an appointment with your local Sunburst dealer.