How to Protect Your Windows from the ColdThe Midwest has started experiencing repeated extreme cold weather events that have pushed temperatures into the negative. As this becomes more commonplace, homeowners are increasingly concerned about thoroughly heating their homes and avoiding window damage in subzero temperatures.

Fortunately, some construction companies specialize in swift service when it comes to replacing the window. These contractors make themselves readily available to clients depending on the severity of the situation and provide them with tips covering window protection techniques.

Repairs Aren’t Always the Answer

Repairs Aren't Always the AnswerAlthough a cracked window is still functional when the glass isn’t shattered, the energy efficiency instantly decreases. In some cases, a professional window technician can patch the window or replace the pane. However, replacing a broken window may be necessary for ones that are severely aged, misaligned, or experiencing rot.

New windows provide increased energy efficiency and better climate control. Window experts can visit to evaluate the situation and perform any necessary repairs or provide a quote for complete window replacement. This free service will establish several options, helping the client find the best way to stay within a budget.

The Easy Ways to Cut Out the Cold

Even the newest windows may allow drafts inside when the temperatures are extremely cold or the winds are exceptionally strong. In these instances, homeowners take some basic measures to help keep the cold out. Purchasing draft snakes and placing them along the window sills will help block drafts and keep warm air inside. Installing insulated curtains is also recommended for homes located in colder climates.

The curtains utilize a thermal backing that can trap any cold air that makes its way inside. Mounting honeycomb cellular shades between the curtains and window is another simple option. With no gaps or slats in the construction, these blinds form a solid barrier against the cold.

Simple to Apply Sealants

Simple to Apply SealantsHomeowners can also purchase various forms of weatherstripping at a local home improvement store and attach it to the window and sill to seal up drafty areas. Most drafts occur where two surfaces meet, but don’t properly seal. Weatherstripping seals up these gaps and stops cold air from entering.

Additionally, most stores carry plastic film kits that provide everything needed to place a tight film over the window frame. This film covers the entire window, acting as an overall sealant. Convection control film can also be applied to the panes with a hairdryer and improves energy efficiency by actively absorbing the sun’s warmth. The heat then radiates into the home interior while the cold air is blocked.

More Laborious Techniques May Be Necessary

More Laborious Techniques May Be NecessaryHomeowners can explore even more DIY improvements if they feel comfortable performing basic manual labor. If a house has older wood windows, the glazing around the panels likely needs to be replaced.

This requires some skill with a putty knife and glazing compound, but isn’t too difficult. Both wood and vinyl windows may also have aged caulk that is pealing away or cracking. With a tube of caulk and a caulking gun, homeowners can apply the sealant around any cracks with minimal mess and cleanup.

Find the Proper Balance

Making windows more energy efficient keeps a home’s climate stable and protects the glass from cracking due to uneven pressure or battling indoor/outdoor temperatures. Although there are many techniques homeowners can employ to improve the situation, trusting the advice of professionals can guarantee a warmer, happier home.