Winter is coming, and with it the cold that seems to seep into our homes and setting around us. One way to keep your home warm and cozy this winter is through window winterizing. Adding insulation to your home’s windows can help prevent drafts and heat loss during the coming winter. Here are some ways you can do this effectively.
1. Install Window Insulation Film
Window insulation film can help insulate windows by creating a barrier between the window glass and your home. You can purchase simple kits at your local hardware store to insulate the windows with shrink-wrapped film. Once you figure out the proper installation technique, you will find that this is a fairly simple solution to your winter weather problems.
DIY window film kits do have one major drawback. It can be unsightly, and the window is essentially out of commission (you can’t open it) when covered by this film. One way around this problem is to invest in a permanent solution.
For ongoing insulation, consider installing architectural window film. This product is specifically designed to protect your home from the damage caused by UV rays. This is a year-round concern, and architectural window film can reduce UV ray exposure by up to 99 percent. Winter window film can also prevent heated air from leaving your home by adding to the strength and insulation of your windows. With architectural window film, you can both block dangerous UV rays and prevent heat loss, making your home more energy efficient.
2. Use Your Blinds
Heavy or insulated blinds can help keep heat in and drafts out. If you have heavy or insulated blinds, consider closing them when the sun sets to trap the warm air inside your home, then opening them when the sun is up to allow the heat from the sun to warm your home naturally.
3. Purchase Cellular Shades
Cellular shades are a great option for insulating windows for the winter because they do not block light — like blinds do. This means you can use them and still enjoy natural light in your home, while protecting your home from chilly drafts. Cellular shades can also be cut to fit the individual windows in your home, creating a custom look.
4. Seal the Windows
Window glass can allow a lot of heat to escape your home in the winter, but it’s really the cracks between the window and the frame that allow the majority of the drafts through. To test for cracks and leaks, light an incense stick and hold it near your window frames. If you see smoke moving toward the window, you have found a crack. Use caulk to seal those cracks and prevent unwanted drafts.
Remember, your windows are the place where the majority of heat loss occurs in the winter. By investing in window film insulation and learning how to insulate windows for winter in other ways, you can protect your home from heat loss and your wallet from high energy bills. Contact Rayno today to learn more about our window tint products, or find a dealer to schedule your professional window film installation before winter hits.