When the weather outside is cold and as you look outside of your windows, you see snow and ice on the ground, the last thing that you want to do is walk into the rooms of your house and feel a chill. Yet sometimes, when we don’t make a point to properly insulate our windows and doors, that’s exactly what can happen.
So, just how can you weatherproof those areas in time for the wintertime? That’s a really good question and below, we’re going to provide you with a list of five easy DIY answers.
Apply caulking to the holes and cracks. There are a lot of people who spend more on their energy bills each month than they have to and it’s for one simple reason: drafts. When your windows and doors have small cracks and holes alongside them, that allows outside air to get inside which can definitely affect the temperature of the rooms of your house inside. Something that you can do to fix them is to apply some caulking. You can purchase it at your local home improvement store.
Consider putting some shrink film on your windows. If you don’t happen to have double or triple pane windows, then your windows are not as insulated as you’ll need them to be; especially if you happen to live in a climate that has some pretty brutal winters. However, if it’s not in your budget to purchase some new windows at this time, there is a pretty effective alternative and that is to apply some shrink film to them. Shrink film is basically a layer of insulation that helps to keep the cold air out. One website that sells it is Duck Brand. Just go to the site and put “shrink film” in the search field.
Seal up your doors. Something else that you can do in order to provide some additional insulation to your doors is to use some weather seal tape. To know for sure if your doors need them, turn out the lights in the room of your front and back door. If you see some light coming through the edges of it, that’s where your air leaks are and that’s where you need to apply the weather seal tape. You can pick some up at Lowe’s or Home Depot and one website that can show you how to properly apply it is YouTube. Just go to the site and put “weather strip your doors” in the search field and several videos should come up.
Purchase some thermal curtains. If you were looking for an energy efficient way to prepare your home for winter, one thing that you could do is consider investing in one of the Geothermal HVAC systems that are currently on the market. However, one of the cheapest and quickest ways to provide your windows with some additional insulation in order to keep your house warm is to purchase some thermal curtains. They are made out of a material that will keep the cold air out and the warm air in. You can find some affordable ones at Target or even Walmart.
Don’t forget some towels. Do you want to make sure no cold air comes through your doors? If you have a towel, the problem is solved. Just place the towel along the bottom of the door and it will give you great insulation for free. Enjoy your winter season!