When the cold winter months bring a chill into your home, solutions include a furnace tune-up, a programmable thermostat and checking your attic insulation. Make sure your windows are closed and locked. Surprisingly, this is a simple remedy that is often overlooked.
If there is still a draft coming from your window, try these quick fixes:
1) Adhesive weather stripping can be applied to the sash. This will create a tighter seal between the frame and sash to block drafts.
2) Press temporary filler into the opening. This thin material will expand when pressed into the gap and simply “pops out” when the window is opened in warmer weather.
3) Apply gap fillers from a tube, which is a clay-like material you can mold and press into leaks.
For drafty doors, you can apply a door sweep on the bottom to block any drafts entering from below. These function like the decorative draft blockers commonly used that interfere with opening and closing the door. To stop drafts on the sides and tops of doors, apply weather stripping similar to the types used for windows.
But these are temporary solutions that are not 100% effective and that need to be re-performed each winter. When you have noticeable drafts, it’s time to replace your old, inefficient windows. If you have old windows throughout your house, you could be losing as much heat as leaving a 2-foot by 2-foot window open all winter! Plus, did you know if the temperature outside is 0 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature on the inside glass of a single-pane window is only 15 degrees? Energy-efficient windows from Marvin will make your home more comfortable and can save you up to 12 percent per month on your heating bill. Consider having an expert visit your home to assess your window and window frame condition.