With winter just around the corner, it’s time to make sure your home is as warm and cosy as possible.
Changes in the weather can cause panes and frames to warp, so it’s important to check each window carefully before the weather gets too cold.
Holes and cracks let in cold air and condensation, even if they’re tiny. You’ll crank up the thermostat to compensate and your energy bills will rocket as well. That’s not good at any time but especially now with energy prices on the rise. Happily, you can improve the situation with a little maintenance.
Here are some simple and affordable measures to winterproof your windows and your home.
Seal the Cracks
Cracks or holes in the frames can easily be covered with rubber self-stick sealant. This seals the gaps efficiently and stops uncomfortable draughts. You can also get sealant as a paste to squeeze into the crack, which then solidifies to form a strong barrier.
If you’re not sure which product to use, check with your local hardware store.
Cracks in the glass itself should be dealt with by a professional window repair service. A glazier can either repair the crack or replace the entire pane if this is necessary.
Make Sure Your Windows Close Properly
Over time changes in temperature can cause window frames to warp. This may stop the window from closing snugly, as it doesn’t fit properly into the frame. This also puts pressure on hinges and handles, and adds to closing difficulties – not good for your comfort or security.
Hinges can be replaced, depending on the issue, but replacing the window may be the only solution.
Blinds, Curtains and Window Film
Even if your windows are in good shape, draughts can still sneak in. Good quality curtains or blinds provide an extra layer of protection that will make a big difference to the internal temperature.
For maximum cosiness, you can even get thermal versions. You may like to consider thermal blinds in a light shade. These can even be kept drawn during the day but still let in light; handy for rooms you’re not using or when you’re out. This helps to retain heat even if the heating is off.
If curtains are more to your liking you could opt for double curtains. A double curtain pole allows you hang two sets of curtains at the same window. This is great for insulation and looks stylish as well.
Window film is another solution. This comes in clear, frosted or patterned designs, and sticks to the pane. Solar control window film is the best solution as it provides insulation in cooler weather and prevents excess heat in the summer.
Treat Wooden Window Frames for Rot
Older properties often have wooden window frames, and these need to be properly maintained to avoid rot – a magnet for draughts and unhealthy mould. Regular checks every few months will spot issues before they become serious. Frames can be treated with a good quality window paint or sealant to prevent deterioration.
Don’t forget that small amounts of rot can be repaired but it’s likely to compromise the strength of the frame overall, so you really need to avoid this with regular maintenance.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
Your energy bill is money down the drain if your windows are in poor condition. Why keep paying for a draught?
Installing high-quality new windows is the best way to keep your home warm and cosy this winter.
Have a chat with the experienced folk at The Window Centre.