A lot of window companies promote winter safety—and for good reason. Cold weather can wreak havoc on a home, spike electricity costs and damage window siding. Whether you’re facing a new window installation or seasonal protection, you should pay attention to your window’s overall health.

No, you don’t need to invest in a complete window replacement job to prepare for winter, but you should take care in defending your household. Check out the five window winter-proofing tips below:

Tip One: Place Window Insulation Film

First, you should pick up some window insulation film. You can buy it as part of a window insulation kit—which is available either online or in a hardware store. Window insulation kits pack plastic shrink film. When applied to an indoor window’s frame, the shrink film sticks in place.

The double-stick tape offers ample protection against snow, sleet and rainwater while insulating your home’s temperature. Simply apply heat from a hair dryer to shrink the film, remove wrinkles and protect the area.

Tip Two: Put Up Insulated Curtains

You’d be surprised by the effectiveness of insulated curtains. Any fabrics or curtains placed over windows can reduce drafts. Purchase some insulated curtains with pre-installed thermal backing, and cover any entryway windows. If you can, target your patio doors or sliding doors, too.

Thermal curtains are available in all sizes—most of which can fit sliding glass doors, side doors and large windows. To keep out drafts, you need to have comprehensive coverage. Don’t worry: They look good.

Tip Three: Refinish the Seals

Drafty windows result in energy loss, so you’ll need to make sure they’re properly sealed. Over time, window sealant loses its durability. To winterize your home, you’ll need to strip away any pre-existing caulk. Then, you’ll need to refinish each window’s seal. It’ll save you money on new windows, refurbishing old protections while securing each window for the long haul.

Tip Four: Take Advantage of Sunlight

Sometimes, you don’t need to do any maintenance. Sunlight is a constant heater, and it can be utilized during the daytime. If your windows are sporting thermal curtains, you should avoid using them until sunset. Close all blinds and drapes at night, but let the sunlight in during the daytime to help your HVAC system regulate temperatures.

Tip Five: Install Draft Snakes

Finally, go out and purchase draft snakes. Draft snakes are soft fabric tubes placed under doors and on window sills to prevent cold air creep. If you don’t want to buy draft snakes, you can make them by sewing fabric tubes together. Fill the tubes with dried rice, and gently place them on the window sill to insulate the area.

Get to know your home’s energy needs, and don’t be afraid to get creative! You needn’t purchase cold-resistant windows to get the job done, and even a little attention goes a long way.

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