Having leaky windows during winter does not only make a less comfortable home but can also contribute to your electric bill spiking up. Avoid wasting precious home heating by following these 5 easy steps:

#01. Inspecting all windows

The best way to find leaks would be to inspect your windows, from the inside out. Watch out for damaged caulking, glazing and any gaps where air might pass through.

You can also inspect for any leaks by performing a smoke test. Make sure you turn off all combustible appliances in your home. With a lit incense candle, run it over all your windows and monitor the smoke movement. This should tell you where small hidden leaks might lie.

#02. Sealing it

Now that you have identified where the leaks are, you can start sealing. Making sure there are no gaps where air can pass through will ensure your heating doesn’t escape.

#03. Replacing old caulking

Loose and cracked caulk allows heat to pass through. Replace them right away to make sure you are not wasting precious heat (and wasting money!). Make sure to use the appropriate caulk for your window for maximum reliability. Now is also a great time to check for old caulk on your doors, too.

#04. Weather-stripping it

Replacing old weather strips are inexpensive and easy to do on your own. This will make sure all your windows are closed shut and can prevent air from escaping. When choosing the best weather strip, choose for higher quality ones that can last longer than their cheaper alternatives. Higher quality options provide not only durability but also reliability in getting the job done.

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#05. Covering your windows with a sheet of plastic

Covering your windows with a sheet of plastic will make sure the heat stays indoors. This is a fairly inexpensive precaution you can take to lessen your heat consumption. Covering your windows can add an extra layer of protection against leaky windows.

#06. Upgrading to Energy-Efficient Windows

Consider replacing your old windows with energy-efficient ones. While sealing and weather-stripping can help, sometimes the most effective solution is investing in window replacement altogether. Energy-efficient windows are designed to minimize heat transfer, keeping your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Though it may require a larger upfront investment, the long-term savings on energy bills and the increased comfort of your home make it a worthwhile consideration. Plus, many energy-efficient windows come with features like double or triple glazing and low-emissivity coatings, further enhancing their insulation properties. Consult with professionals to explore the best options for your home’s needs and budget.

Prevent cold drafts of wind from coming into your home with these easy tips! Now you can worry less about your electricity bill from running high while you stay comfortably indoors during winter. Visit our website today or give us a call today!