The winter is here, and it’s time to winterize your home. There are lots of things that need different treatment in the cold weather. For example, you need to make sure your heater is running efficiently, and you want to seal up any areas that are letting cold air into your home. Your windows are potentially letting a lot of cold air into your home, so it’s important to prepare your windows for the cold winter weather. Here’s how you do it.
Check for and Seal Drafts
First, check for any problem drafts at your windows. Feel around the edges of the windows to see if cold air seems to be coming in anywhere. Use a candle or stick of incense, and find drafts if the smoke or flame is blowing. To fix drafts, you should caulk your windows on the inside and out. An easier but less-permanent solution is to use weather-stripping tape around the edges of the windows.
Inspect the Glass
Carefully look at the glass in all your windows. If there are any small cracks, you should get the glass replaced right away. Cracks can let in cold air and pose a potential danger.
Use Storm Windows
You should also replace your window screen with storm windows. Storm windows will add an extra layer of protection. They will keep more cold air out, and they will protect your windows in the event of an intense winter storm, such as if a tree branch falls onto your house. You should also replace screen doors with storm doors.
Check Window Frames
Look around your window frames, and check for any signs of decay or rot. You should get broken or deteriorating window frames fixed right away to keep out drafts and to maintain a safe, strong foundation for your windows.
Cover with Plastic
One option to help keep cold air from coming in through the windows is to cover them with protective plastic made for that purpose. The plastic sticks to your windows, and it works well. Some people don’t like the look of it, however, so it’s up to you whether you use it or not.
Change Your Curtains
If your windows use curtains, change your curtains for a heavier fabric that will help restrict the airflow. Thermal curtains are a great option because they work even better to prevent the cold air from cooling your home. Shutters and shades can work even better, so consider those if possible. New window treatments will also freshen up the look of your home and add a change of style for the winter.
Don’t Forget Your Doors
Don’t forget to winterize your doors, too. They can also let in drafts and require weather-stripping. If you have small windows on your doors, they should receive the same treatment as any other windows in your home. Use a draft-blocker or rolled-up towel to keep cold air from coming in from underneath the door.
With these tips, you’ll keep your windows and doors safe and your house warm all winter long.