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How To Fix Drafty Windows and Doors

How To Fix Drafty Windows and Doors

If you have older windows and doors, keeping your home warm during the wintry months can be a bit daunting. Believe it or not, roughly 10-25% of a home’s heat is lost though the windows. The best the to do would be to invest in replacement windows and doors, but even if you aren’t ready to replace with new, there are a few tricks that can keep more of your heat indoors (where you want it) this season.

  1. Rope caulk. This cool stuff can be molded to the shape of the gap, and removed when it gets warmer outside.
  2. Shrink film. This clear plastic sheet shrinks onto a surface when applied with a hair dryer. The film can serve to seal the window from drafts.
  3. Draft snake. You can find draft snake kits at just about any home improvement store. You simply place the foam/fabric snake on the window sill and shut the window.
  4. V-seal weather stripping. What’s great about V-seal weather stripping is that you have the freedom of operating the window even once in place. This plastic weather stripping is applied along the sides of window sashes.
  5. Replace existing putty. Many older window panes are held together with glazing putty that can fall apart and crack over time. For just a few dollars and some practice, you remove the old putty and apply new.

For a true, long-term fix, you’ll want to replace your old windows, and is a job for the pros. Luckily, we can help you find a window just right for your home and budget. Many of our windows come standard with Low E and Argon Gas, meaning you’ll enjoy even greater energy efficiency.