Properly preparing the windows of your home for a harsh winterwill not only keep the inside of your home warmer,it will also drastically reduce energy costsassociated with heating your house.
It is a good idea to remove the window screen in the fall months.
Since windows are usually closed most of the winter and they're not needed,removing the screen allows you access for winterizing your windowsand will help your screens last longer.
You will first want to inspect your windows carefully.
The best way of testing for air leaks is the candle test.
While inside, hold a lit candle up four to six inches from your window.
If the flame flickers or if it is extinguished, you know you have a leak.
Continue your examination of the window unit.
Are there loose or cracked panes in the window?Be sure to examine any strips of caulk for cracking or peeling,and check the weather stripping between the frame and the wall.
Any of these elements may cause an air leak.
If you notice old caulking that is coming loose or breaking apart,remove the old caulk and reapply a fresh coat.
This can be applied directly to the surface of the window casing.
If you have completed these tasks and stillfind drafts or air leaks in your home windows,you might consider purchasing a window insulationkit to install on the exterior portion of your windows.
These kits contain a shrink film that adheres directlyto the exterior of the home.
This insulation will help reduce cold air filtration through your windowinto the home, keeping you warmer and lowering energy costs.
Some may go a step further, hanging heavy curtains or drapesinside the home which act as another layer of protection from the cold.
While this may help some, many people converselyprefer an abundance of sunshine from their windows to help warm their home.
Window films adhere directly to the window paneand will block up to 99% of damaging UV rayswhich can fade furniture, rugs, and floors.
Using a window film will allow ample but safe sunlight to flood the room,so it will not damage your home.
Window film kits come with a handy squeegee,edging tool, lint cloth, and spray bottle for easy installation.
Whether your windows need a simple touch-up or a complete insulation,every job is made easier at The Home Depot.
If you have any questions about winterizing your windows,please see a local associate for assistance.