When it comes to home comfort, your windows play an important role. Weatherizing windows is an effective way to keep out the winter chill and block the glaring summer sun. Use these quick, inexpensive solutions to help increase home comfort and lower your energy bills.
Test for Air Leaks and Replace Weatherstripping and Caulk
You can test for air leaks by bringing a lit candle close to the window. If the flame flickers, air is passing through cracks around the window. To fix this, first apply weatherstripping to moveable joints. This plastic material helps windows close tightly and prevents drafts. Then look for cracks around the window frame where air could be passing through. Chip away old caulk and apply new material with a caulk gun to seal these cracks.
Apply Shrink Film
Clear, plastic sheets act the same as storm windows but at a lower cost. It’s easy to apply a sheet by adhering it to double-sided tape applied to the window frame. A blow dryer shrinks the film as tight as a drum over the window, creating an insulating barrier.
You can’t operate your windows with shrink film in place, so it’s best to apply it in the fall and remove it in the spring.
Fix Cracked Panes
The long-term fix for a cracked pane is to have it replaced. However, a less expensive option is to seal the crack with clear nail polish or weather-seal tape. This solution blocks drafts for next to nothing.
Insulated curtains are effective for weatherizing windows year round. In the winter, you can throw the curtains wide open during the day to let the winter sun heat your home for free. Closing the curtains at night insulates the window.
In the summer, pull the curtains closed during the day to prevent the sun from shining in. If you choose curtains with a reflective backing, they actively reflect summer heat back outside for lower cooling bills.
Implement these tips for weatherizing windows to see a difference in your energy bills. For professional help with your home comfort concerns, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors Inc. We proudly serve Monmouth County and surrounding areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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