Since winter is here and the cold air is seeping into our homes and settling in around us, we need to find ways to keep ourselves warmer. Window winterizing is one way to do this. Adding an extra layer of insulation on your windows, as with thermal film, will help cut down on the loss of heat during the cold weather. Here are a few effective ideas to seal your windows against the cold.
- Install window thermal film
Your local hardware store probably has the convenient DIY kits for insulating your windows with shrink-wrapped film sheets. You will find that this is a very simple solution to your winter weather problems after you learn the proper installation method. Window insulation film creates a barrier between the glass and the inside of your home.
Unfortunately, these kits have a major drawback – the results can be very unsightly. Also, in most cases, the window can’t be opened when it is covered by this film. You can easily bypass this problem by investing in a more permanent solution.
Consider installing architectural window film for year-round insulation. This type of film was developed specifically to block the sun’s UV-rays, thus protecting your home from the damage they cause. Architectural window film can reduce UV-exposure by up to 99 percent, a year-round solution. Winterizing your windows with this technology can also keep the air inside your home warm because it adds strength to your windows’ insulation. Architectural window film blocks dangerous UV-rays and prevents heat loss, making your home more energy efficient.
- Insulated window blinds
Heavy or insulated blinds can make it easier to keep your house warm while reducing energy consumption. Consider closing heavy or insulated blinds when the sun sets if you have them. This will trap the warm air inside your home. Then opening them when the sun is up allows the heat from the sun to warm your home naturally.
- Purchase Cellular Shades
Cellular shades do not block light in the same way blinds do, so shades are another great alternative for insulating windows for the winter. This will allow you to use them and still take advantage of natural sunlight in your home. Also, if you like adding a custom look, cellular shades can be cut to fit the individual windows in your home.
- Seal the Windows
Heat can escape your home in the winter through the glass panes of your windows, but the cracks between the window and the frame allow most of the drafts through. A dabbing of caulk or silicone will seal those cracks and help keep the cold drafts from coming inside.
Remember, windows are the place where most heat loss occurs in the winter. You can protect your home from heat loss and your wallet from high energy bills by investing in window film insulation and learning how to insulate windows for winter in other ways. For more information about window tinting products, contact Tristate Sun Control today, or find a dealer to schedule your professional window film installation right away.