Air infiltration and conduction are two of the biggest insulating enemies in your home. If air can easily get in and out of your home, your energy bills will be higher than needed. Older windows tend to be poorly insulated, and you could lose lots of air, causing your home to be less protected and colder in the winter months.
While replacing your windows with newer, more energy-efficient windows, there are some things you can do to winterize your windows and better insulate them. Call our team at 855.608.1580 to ask about how to winterize your windows or for more information on window installation in Maryland.
How to Winterize Windows
While the bulk of our business may be selling and installing new windows, we are happy to give you our expert advice on making the most of the windows you have when it comes to making it through the winter months.
Cold weather can impact your home, but well-insulated windows can save you from spending more on heating than you need in winter. Older windows are not as energy-efficient as new windows, so you’ll find cold air leaking inside because of worn-out seals or cracks in your window frames.
Short of replacing your windows altogether, there are several things you can do to winterize your windows to make them more energy-efficient. These solutions help create a barrier at the seals of your old windows to block the cold outside air from getting in. These fixes include:
- Draft stopper socks, which are also known as snakes
- Window shrinkwrap
- Interior storm window kits
Give the Master Seal team a call to see what solutions may work best for your needs.
Steps for Winterizing House Windows
You can take a few steps to check your windows for drafts. Here’s a list of a simple plan to figure out if you have drafts and how to repair them:
Close your windows and doors and turn off the lights in the room you’re testing.
- Place a lit candle near the window, just above or below the frame; supervise it closely!
- Look for how the candle flame moves. Flickering or moving significantly means air is passing through the window frame.
- Mark down how much air is coming through and move on to inspect other windows in your home.
- Once you’ve identified which windows are leaking the most, it’s time to winterize them! For more significant gaps, removable draft stoppers or rigid insulation foam can help reduce the amount of air passing through the frame. You can use silicone caulking or another type of sealant to fill any holes for more precise gaps.
- Finally, recheck your windows and make sure that the cold outside air is no longer passing through.
With these steps, you can winterize your windows to be much more energy-efficient and keep your home warm and cozy throughout the winter months.
Window Insulation for Winter
There’s no denying that winter weather in Maryland can be harsh, especially if your windows are not energy-efficient. If you think your home is well-insulated in general, but you still have trouble regulating your interior temperature, it might be that your windows need extra insulation. Window insulation uses two or more glass panes, with the space between the panes being filled with air or argon gas.While this option is possible for new windows, problems tend to arise with older windows, which are generally a single pane of glass that doesn’t offer much insulation.
Cold air, snow, and winds can easily leak into your home if your windows are not adequately insulated. Ensure your home is not drafty and uncomfortable all winter long, not to mention the high cost of heating. Then, you should be sure your windows are properly insulated or that you’re considering replacing your windows shortly. There are many rebate incentives available if you upgrade to more energy-efficient windows.
Learn More About Master Seal Today
Perhaps winterizing your existing windows isn’t enough. If so, you may be ready to shop for new energy-efficient windows. Then Master Seal can help. Our team of window installation professionals offers a variety of options for our clients. We also offer a guarantee on our work. If you’re not happy with the results of our craftsmanship, we will continue to work with you until you’re satisfied. We offer energy-efficient window options in both wood and vinyl windows.
In addition to windows, we offer the following:
- Security doors
- Window security bars
- Sliding patio doors
- Fiberglass door installation
- Storm doors
- Pilasters and pediments
Check out our portfolio online to see what we can do. In addition, you can read our testimonials to learn what our customers say about our team and their work. Then, please contact Master Seal today at 855.608.1580 for a complimentary estimate to learn more.