Winter is such a special time for families. With the holiday season upon us, there’s so much too look forward to, it’s probably the most joyous season of all. And with the laughter, joy, and cheer also comes a ton of expenses! We can’t deny that along with the gift giving and potluck dinners, your home is probably needs some buttoning up to prepare for a long, cold winter. This all costs money and although we want the absolute best for our family at this time of year, we also want to be savvy with money. Saving money this winter can start with not letting it seep out of your home by way of precious warm air we’re generating from our furnaces.
There’s no doubt that brand new replacement vinyl casement windows work the best to seal out the cold air and keep your home toasty all winter long. But, for those of us who are saving up for new windows and doors while trying keep warm on a budget, here are some nifty low-cost ways to insulate your home this winter without breaking the bank.
Install Heavier Window Treatments
There are so many suggestions out there that you can find to insulate your home, some as wacky as bubble wrapping your windows. Sure, it might work to retain heat in your home but, if you’re planning on having your loving, but judgemental family members over during the holidays, you probably don’t want them to surrounded by bubble wrap.
How about lovely but heavier window treatments to suit the season. Replace your light and airy window treatments for layered or insulated ones. It’ll be like wearing a cozy sweater, but for your window. It helps to keep the draft out and cold air from spilling into the room. If it’s a sunny day out, draw back the curtains and let the warmth of the sun naturally warm your home. Try insulated curtains with a built-in thermal backing, it will take the warm rays of the sun and use it to warm the curtains in the room, you’ll almost want to wrap yourself in them!
They work like real snakes and scare off cold drafts from seeping through the cracks under doors and windows. Simply place your draft snake snug against the bottom of your door and window and it prevents the cold air from creeping in.
Window Insulation Film
Window insulation kits are available at most hardware or department stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. The purpose of the window films is to retain heat in the home by up to 55% depending on the quality of the window film. You can apply the window film yourself with the instructions and materials provided in the kit. As an added heating benefit, when you install a clear window insulating film to any windows facing South, it allows the warmth of the sun in. This natural heat gain reduces how hard your furnace will need to work to heat your home thus, reducing your energy bill.
Caulk your window frame
Seal off minor cracks in the window frame or window sill. Keep the pesky cold draft from trickling in. Caulk can be bought at any hardware or department store and only costs a few bucks to see a noticeable difference in energy use in your home.
Closing the doors to unused rooms
It is a meek yet effective method to stop from travelling throughout the home and retaining heat that’s been generated in smaller rooms.
Avoid portable heaters and fans
Sure, they work well to instantly heat a room when needed and some people even turn down their thermostat and crank the portable heater thinking a smaller unit would use up more energy. The reality is those mini heaters are mighty and consume a lot of energy. Having your thermostat set to a comfortable temperature and retaining the heat you’ve generated is the best way to consume less energy and save money.
Roll out the rugs
A lot of heat can be lost through drafty floorboards, why not cover it up by rolling out a cozy warm rug. Place a rug in the family room area and in the bedrooms. Not only does it work to insulate your floors but it serves as a cozy place to step into after you’ve rolled out of bed in the morning or a cushion under your feet during a winter-long Netflix marathon.
Now, along with these cost-effective, non-tech ways to insulate your home this winter, you’ll want to consider how well your current windows and doors are functioning. When was the last time you had them inspected? If you’ve noticed they are no longer opening, closing, or locking with ease, chances are there are mechanisms that need replacing or better yet, a new replacement window or door is in order.
Understandably, this type of home improvement project is a big one and may take a bit of budget planning for most families however, the benefits of brand new replacement windows are far greater than the cost. You really cannot put a price on getting the utmost comfort and security out of your home. Energy efficient windows can substantially reduce the costs associated with heating and cooling, it’s the best return on investment project you can do, let alone instantly modernizing and increasing the value for your home. Window replacement provides greater comfort and enjoyment for homeowners, but can also lower energy costs, reduce outside noise, and provide easier home maintenance.
For to get more information on replacement windows and doors for your home, contact Clera Windows and Doors for a free consultation.