Keeping your home warm in the winter can be a challenge for everyone, but it is especially difficult if you live in an old drafty house. Cutting off openings that bring in a draft is one of the best ways to keep your home warmer in the winter (and cooler in the summer). Below are some inexpensive tips to try to reduce the draft coming from windows and doorways.
If you need to remove a draft from both windows and doors, then weather seal tape is one of your best options. This tape is put on the edges of windows and doors. It can go around the whole window or door, or just part of it. It’s up to you. You can also buy this tape in a variety of different colors to match your window or door. While it won’t look invisible when you match colors, it will look much better.
If you are only looking to remove the draft from windows, then window plastic might be your best bet. This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. If you have never used window plastic before, imagine a large roll of cling film– that’s about all it is.
To use window plastic, you will need specialty double-sided tape. This often comes in the packages when you buy window plastic. Put the tape up around your entire window frame. Next, apply one plastic sheet to your window. You can cut the plastic to size when needed. Finally, if you want to make the window plastic work even better, you can use a hairdryer to make the window plastic more taunt to make it work even better.
If you only need to eclude a draft from the bottom of a door or window (if you are sure the draft is not coming from the sides or top of either of these), then using a cloth draft excluder can be an easy way to solve your problems. Many draft excluders are long sock-like pieces of fabric stuffed with some kind of insulating material. It’s even pretty easy to make one yourself. Once you have one, all you have to do to make it work is to place this at the base of your door or window to keep in the heat!
If you want to make your home warmer in the winter, try one or more of these products. They are sure to make a big difference in the temperature of your home and your home heating costs.