Winter is just around the corner, and everyone is swapping out their summer wardrobe for their jackets to help brave the cold outside, which is where inclement weather belongs. Keeping cold air from seeping inside is all about insulation, which will depend on the condition and quality of your windows and doors. However, there are a number of solutions to help you prepare for winter, some being homelier than others.

Prepare Your Windows And Doors For Winter

Insulating Window Film

These can be purchased in rolls or kits, and they use plastic, which shrinks in a controlled way when exposed to some heat. The insulating film is applied over the window and along the edge, forming a bubble to seal the opening, which means that you will not be able to open your windows during winter, so avoid using this product in rooms that accumulate excess condensation, such as bathroom and kitchens.

Installing Storm Windows And Doors

There are few types of storm windows and doors to choose from, each with their own benefits and drawbacks:

  • Interior storm windows tend to be easier to install, but they are visible from the inside, which is where you’ll be seeing it most.
  • Exterior storm windows are less effective, but they’ll take the wear and tear in place of the proper window underneath.
  • Exterior storm doors are more expensive, since they’re outwards facing and affect the curb appeal of the property, but they’ll last longer too.

Getting Creative With Window Treatments

This option is less effective than the previous ones listed, but if you are on a budget, you could really make a difference by making these changes:

  • Cellular shades are actually made of paper, and the idea is to block the free flow of air by introducing little pockets, formed by folds of paper.
  • Layered window treatments usually work by installing a curtain rod either immediately above the window along the wall, if there’s space, otherwise it’s attached to the ceiling from where the second set of curtains hang.
  • Using heavy curtains that reach the floor is a simple solution that provides more material to shield you from the cold.

For a cleaner look and better performance, consider replacing your windows and doors as an investment on your property and to save on energy bills. There are even ultra-performant windows for homeowners who want to stay comfortable while being environmentally friendly.