Experts in the HVAC industry say that about 10-25% of a room’s heat escapes from windows. If you have poorly insulated windows, it could be even more! Luckily, there are all sorts of great ideas out there to improve insulation. An hour spent sealing up unwanted cracks and gaps can save you a bundle on your heating bills for months to come. We compiled our list of five easy ways to insulate your windows that are inexpensive and easy enough to install yourself that even non-DIYers can do them. We challenge you to check your windows for gaps and try out one of the projects below if you see room for improvement.
Five easy ways to insulate your windows:
Weatherizing with Caulk
Start on outside of the window and look for gaps in the joints of the frame, where brick and wood meet, etc. Use caulk to fill in these areas as a sealant. You can find a clear caulk that you can paint over to keep your window looking clean and neat. This project can save you from replacing your windows and can give you the most bang for your buck!
Purchase a “draft snake” online or at a home store near you. Push these against the bottom of your window to seal the window and prevent cold air from pushing through. Best part? You can choose a simple, plain color or make a DIY draft snake with a fabric of your choice.
Rubber Weather Sealing
You can purchase self-stick rubber weather sealers at a home store or online. These are easy to use and install by yourself. All you need to do is cut the strips to fit your window, then press them on the window frame inside your home to seal any gaps.
Window Insulation Film
Window insulation films are becoming more popular. You can purchase the insulation film or an insulation kit at a home store or online. These are typically fairly inexpensive and are applied with double-stick tape and heat.
An easy and stylish way to insulate your windows is through curtains. Choose a thick blackout curtain to prevent drafts or heat from escaping.