Drafty windows can cause your utility bill to increase, your comfort level to fall, and lead to illness. Replacing them with newer, more energy-efficient options is an ideal solution, but if you’re determined to fix your drafty windows, there are a few quick and easy fixes that might do the trick.
The window experts at Modern Window of New York recommend first determining which windows are causing the draft by holding a tissue near each window frame on a cold and windy day. If the tissue moves, you’ve found a leak. Next, look for damaged weather-stripping, cracked glass, warping, or loose joints. Make sure the window opens and closes properly, and then decide which of these fixes works best.
Caulk is an easy solution that can be applied to the window trim, between the trim and frame, or along joints. Start by cleaning the window area, then simply apply caulk along any gaps you find.
Weather-stripping kits are available at most hardware stores and can be used to block drafts by creating a tight seal. They are usually made from foam and attach directly to the edge of the drafty window.
Buy Storm Windows
Storm windows can be added to the interior of your home during cold months to act as an extra layer of insulation. They attach directly to existing window frames and reduce air leaks.
Invest in Curtains
A simple solution to reducing drafts is to cover windows that have air leaks with layered curtains, cellular shades, or draft snakes. Curtains and shades prevent drafts, while draft snakes are tubular blockades that lay across the window sill.
Of course, sometimes the best way to prevent drafty windows is to replace them with new windows designed to be energy efficient. Modern Window of New York can match you with the best windows for your home or business. Call (716) 873-8800, or visit their website to view their windows.