Winterizing your Windows and Doors

Heating your home can increase energy costs, so you may be looking for ways to conserve that energy.

One of the most effective ways to improve efficiency and reduce your energy costs is by sealing drafty windows and doors; however, in an older home, you may want to think about a door replacement.

When checking for drafts, it is easier done during the day from the inside of the home so you can see any sunlight that may show through gaps. If sunlight shines through, warm air can escape, and cold air can enter.

On a windy day, you can also check air leaks by passing a candle or a stick of incense around the edges and if the flame or smoke flickers or changes direction, you have found a leak.

There are a few ways to winterize and stop the drafts:

  • Use caulking on the inside and outside of the door or window frame.
  • Apply weatherstripping when the door is closed, around the frame where it is leaking.
  • Place a draft stopper at the bottom of your door or windows, or roll up a blanket that matches the decor. There are many cute and stylish door drafts in the marketplace you could use.
  • Install a deadbolt on the door to strengthen the seal around the door.
  • Applying an insulated clear film to windows and glass on the doors will help to keep the warmth inside.
  • Don’t forget the garage door, especially if it leads to another interior door. Use foam panels or double-sided tape at the bottom of the door.

Window Coverings

Hunter Douglas Duette shades are an innovative window covering that insulates your home year-round. A home can lose up to 40% of heating energy without energy-efficient window coverings, according to the Department of Energy. In winter, your window treatments help insulate the windows to prevent the heat from escaping and keep a room warmer.

Duette Shades

It is a good idea to keep window treatments open during the day so that the warmth from direct sunlight will warm your home. If it is a grey winter day, or nightime, keeping your window treatments closed will keep the warm air in and add an insulating layer to your house that will keep warm air in.

If you are considering replacing any of your windows or doors with more energy-efficient ones, please contact us and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.