Now that winter’s here, it’s time to defend our homes from the cold.
As temperatures plummet, it’s a good idea to tackle the potential energy inefficiencies contributing to the chill in your home. One key area for this is our windows, which can be particularly vulnerable to draughts and heat loss.
In this article, we’ll explore five ways to winter-proof your windows, ensuring a cosy and energy-efficient home throughout the season.
1. Double-glazed windows
Investing in double-glazed windows is a game-changer when it comes to keeping your home warm. Double-glazed (or ‘double-paned’) windows have two layers of glass with a space in between. The space is filled with air or an inert gas (like argon or kypton), which provides better insulation than air. This design creates a barrier that minimises heat transfer, keeping your home warm and reducing the need for excessive heating. If your windows are not already double-glazed, consider upgrading them for better insulation and energy efficiency. As a bonus, they also help reduce noise pollution.
2. Low-E glass
Another way to winter-proof your windows is with Low-E glass. Low emissivity (Low-E) glass is a treated glass, designed to prevent heat loss while still allowing natural light to pass through. It’s coated with a microscopically thin layer of metal or metallic oxide that reflects heat back to its source. This enhances the window’s insulation properties, reducing heat loss and improving indoor temperature regulation. Consider replacing or retrofitting your existing windows with Low-E glass to improve energy efficiency and create a more comfortable living environment.
3. Seal cracks, gaps and crevices
Inspect your windows carefully for any cracks, gaps or crevices that could be letting cold air seep in and warm air escape. Heat naturally flows from warmer areas to cooler ones. In winter, the heat in your home will try to move towards the cooler air outside. If there are cracks or gaps in your windows, this gives the heat an escape route. Additionally, they can also let in cold draughts, making your home chilly even when your heating system is running. This forces your heating system to use more energy to maintain an even, comfortable temperature. Use weatherstripping or caulk to seal these openings and better insulate your home. Weatherstripping can be applied to moveable parts like window sashes, while caulk is ideal for sealing gaps in stationary window frames. By eliminating drafts, you’ll improve energy efficiency and create a cosier atmosphere.
4. Check glass and frames
Have a thorough look over your windows for any damage which could be compromising their efficiency and insulation properties. You’ll need to replace any cracked or broken glass and tighten any loose screws or hardware as they’ll be contributing to heat loss. Degraded seals and frames that are warped, cracked or rotted can create gaps, allowing cold draughts in and warm air out. Fixing these issues will keep your home warmer, decrease your energy consumption (and bills), and extend the life of your windows.
5. Insulate with window film
Window film can be an effective and cost-efficient way to combat heat loss and draughts. The film is a thin, clear plastic sheet that adheres to your window glass. It adds an extra layer of insulation to your windows by trapping air between the film and glass. Choose a window film which is designed for the cold to provide thermal insulation by reducing heat transfer through the window. Window film is relatively inexpensive and easy to apply, making it a simple DIY upgrade. While it can make a noticeable difference in keeping your home warm, it’s best used in combination with other, more comprehensive measures.
Winter-proofing your windows will ensure a cosy and energy-efficient home during the colder months. By implementing some of these strategies, you can fortify your windows against draughts and heat loss, reduce your energy consumption and lower your heating costs. Don’t just endure the cold this winter, revel in the cosy comfort of your warm, well-insulated home.
Perth window repairs & upgrades
If you’re in need of repairs or looking to upgrade your existing windows, look no further than Action Glass & Aluminium. As window experts, we’ll ensure your windows are doing their bit towards an energy-efficient, comfortable home year-round. Don’t let another winter pass by; contact us today to guard your home from the elements.