• Winter winds can bring cold window drafts into your home – especially if your windows and doors are not sealed properly.  Air gaps not only let cold air in; they also let warm air escape your home, resulting in more uncomfortable spaces and increased energy bills.  Whether you have older windows that may need some extra help or are looking to decrease your energy bills as much as possible, here are the right tips and tricks for you:

    Lock Your Windows

    Locking your windows is easy to forget, but it’s one of the simplest ways to avoid pesky winter drafts.  Before investing in other insulation options, check to see if all your windows are locked and see if you feel a difference.  Chances are a few of your windows have been unlocked since the beginning of the winter season, resulting in unwanted cold window drafts!

    Apply Weatherstripping  

    If locking your windows is not enough to eliminate winter drafts, weatherstripping may become your new best friend.  Most window heat loss occurs because of gaps between the sashes and frame.  As small gaps can result in window drafts, weatherstripping can eliminate the spaces between windows – even when locked.  Whether you decide to go with nail-on weatherstripping or self-adhesive weatherstripping, it is easy and affordable for all homeowners.

    Hang Insulated Curtains

    Looking for a trendy way to reduce drafts and your winter utility bill this season?  Look no further than insulated curtains, otherwise known as thermal curtains.  Thermal curtains typically consist of three layers – decorative, foam core, and vapor barrier – to provide you with increased window insulation in your home.  However, it’s important to remember that thermal curtains need to be closed in order to work.

    Install Interior Storm Windows

    Interior storm windows are commonly found in older or historic homes because of their atypical window shapes and sizes.  Instead of purchasing all new windows – which can be extremely expensive – those with historic homes can install interior storm windows as a much more affordable option to reduce winter drafts.  Window inserts are discreet and come in different colors to match your window trim, so you don’t have to worry about winter eye sores.

    Consider Investing in Energy Efficient Windows

    If all else fails, we always recommend getting a professional to inspect your windows.  Typically, windows last between 15-20 years, so if you have owned your home for a while, it may be time to invest in a window replacement.  Vinyl Sash of Michigan specializes in vinyl window repairs and replacements which all have a 50-year transferable warranty.  We guarantee our windows will keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer; and you won’t have to worry about winter drafts again.

    Interested in getting a window inspection or repairs in the new year?  Contact our experts at Vinyl Sash of Michigan.  We’ll make sure your winter drafts are eliminated this season.