With winter just around the corner, you need to make sure your windows are in good working order. The last thing you want is for them to freeze shut, especially during cold weather. When this happens, your windows may become damaged and even turn into a safety hazard. As one of the top window contractors in the area, we recommend enhancing your windows’ insulation in preparation for potential cold spells. Here’s what you can do:
Keep indoor humidity levels in check, and maintain consistent temperatures. Daily activities like washing the dishes, taking showers and cooking food can increase moisture, which can accumulate on the surface of your window glass and frames. Reduce moisture levels by running your exhaust fans whenever you use the kitchen or bathroom.
Install an Insulation Film
To further minimize condensation, consider installing a plastic shrink film on the inside of your windows. Window insulation kits are available in hardware stores and via online marketplaces, usually with a double-sided tape included. Use a hair dryer to heat the film so it shrinks to fit the entire window. Choose this option only if you plan to leave it on your windows throughout winter.
Apply New Weatherstripping
Check to see if they have worn-out weatherstripping and caulk to ensure a proper seal around the windows. This helps reduce leaks that would otherwise let drafts indoors, affecting your home’s comfort and potentially causing some parts of your windows to freeze. Old rubber weatherstripping can be replaced on your own. If it is made of metal, however, you will need the expertise of window contractors to replace them.
Put Up Curtains or Drapes
Window treatments, such as layered curtains, can help improve window insulation and prevent your windows from freezing shut. They may completely block sunlight from entering your home, but they can be opened slightly during the day if you need more lighting.
Twin Cities Siding Professionals offers a wide range of replacement windows designed to improve your home’s energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal. Expect them to protect your home from extreme temperatures, especially during the winter months.