Colder times are fast approaching! You might start to notice that your heating system isn’t as effective as last year. Little did you know that the piercing cold has been making its way into your home through the gaps of your windows. Similarly, the heat from your home can escape too. Every bit of heat loss is significant.
Why is this a significant loss? It’s simple. Heating loss is similar to giving away free money. As heat escapes your home and the cold sneaks in, your heating system has to overperform to make up for this. In other words, there’s at least a slightly noticeable increase in your utility bills.
Figure Out Where the Draft Is
Knowing where the weak points are means that these could be more susceptible to damage, leaving your heating systems to compensate for them. Usually, prevailing winds blow east to west rather than north to south. With that said, start by inspecting your east-facing windows for any gaps and cracks. This may seem like a tedious task, but it’s a sure way of pinpointing which windows contribute to heat loss.
Define Your Objectives
An obvious and given objective is temperature regulation. It’s time to take charge of the heat loss your poorly sealed windows have caused. But other than that, there are other factors to consider such as changes you don’t mind and mind doing, other additions you need, and if this is going to be a quick fix or a permanent one. These are factors that should be taken into account as you decide what method of insulation is best to address your needs.
Assess Which Method of Insulation Is Best for Your Needs
Each insulation project is different, depending on the method and the tools needed. Insulation can range from the low-tech and DIY-able kind to the high-tech and long-term kind. Choosing which route is the best for you should align with what you want to achieve for your windows.
Thermal curtains or drapes usually have a lining that helps windows insulate but it’s only effective if they’re completely covered. They prevent airflow and help retain heat inside your home during winter. They will also reduce outside noise and enhance the aesthetic of your space with a variety of styles.
This DIY fix is generally available at hardware stores and includes double-sided tape and a huge sheet of film. An insulation film kit comes with instructions, but the administration usually goes as follows. To cover the window with plastic film, you must tape all four sides of the window frame first. Cut the excess film should there be any. Lastly, use a hairdryer to blow hot air into the film. This will tighten the film and create a wrinkle-free seal for your window.
Similar to insulation film, insulation panels can be bought in a store too. The main differences lie in how they’re set up. For insulation panels, it’s crucial that you measure your windows before buying the kit. Its function is to cover up the window, an air pocket in between the window and the panel itself. If there are any gaps and cracks, the cold air is unable to seep into the room since it’s blocked by the panel.
Weather sealing is a popular choice by many homeowners. There are many kinds such as silicone, rubber, vinyl, foam, and more. Other than not needing to set it up during extreme high or low temperatures, they can be used all year round. They seal the inner edges of the frame, securing any space that may potentially release or let air enter. For weather sealing to remain effective, however, it’s important to replace it at least every other year.
For a more long-term solution, consider secondary glazing for your windows. Basically, it’s a slim second window installed in front of the interior-facing side of windows. Similar to insulation panels, the secondary glazing and the window create an air pocket when it’s closed. This prevents any sneaky gaps from affecting the performance of your heating system. If you have no experience installing one, consider reaching out to your local window installation service provider.
Proper insulation is one of the most basic yet overlooked aspects of a home. A little crack is enough to make a difference in your utility bill. Homeowners should be more proactive about proper insulation, especially in windows. There are various tools available in the market and expertise to consult. It’s something worth looking into, most especially since it may compromise the comfort of a home.