Warm For The Winter: Insulating Your Windows And Doors

Thursday, December 21, 2017


You sit down to relax for the evening after a long day at work. You want to be snug and cozy whilst you enjoy a hot cup of tea and you favourite television programme, but that usual annoying draught keeps nipping at your toes. No matter how many jumpers you’re wearing or how high you have cranked up the thermostat there is still a chill in the air. Most commonly this is due to tiny gaps in your windows and doors or incorrect insulation. You might not even feel the breeze very often, but you’d be surprised at how many homes are wasting energy due to these small openings. Get on top of it this season and get warm for winter.

Consider New Curtains
Have you ever thought that changing up the style of your curtains could help that pesky draught? By switching your curtains to heavier and cozier drapes in winter you will have extra insulation at the drop of a hat. This is actually one of the main ways to retain heat in your home. They will be most effective when then are closed though, so make sure you keep them tightly shut so they work for you. Curtains with a thermal lining come nice and cheap in many interior design stores. You might also want to consider doorway curtains, which can hand directly behind it. This provides an extra layer of warmth between your front door and the chilly temperatures of the outside world.

Say Yes To Shims
You may never have heard of a shim before, but boy are they clever! You can now buy custom plastic shims which are used to fill small gaps and create a better fit when squaring up window and door frames. They are very easy to use and inexpensive too. The durable and waterproof material means that they are ideal to use in outdoor areas so order some and fill the draughty hole as quick as you can!

DIY Door Draught Stoppers
If your door tends to have a great whopping draught coming through the bottom of it, then go old school with a door snake or draught excluder. You place a long sausage-dog shaped chunk of material across the bottom of your door. You can buy them online or even make them yourself using an old pair of tights and some stuffing. Decorate them to match the interior of your home and it can double as a stylish accessory.

Decide On Double Glazing
Many houses don’t have double glazing already and it can be quite costly to install. You can actually do it yourself and apply a special film across single glazed windows. It isn’t quite as effective as the real thing, but it will definitely improve your insulation.

There are many quick and simple ways to keep your house insulated. You may even want to consider upgrading your roof if your home is getting hit hard by the winter weather this year. Whatever method works for you, be sure to do your research and help to save energy for the years to come.

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