With winter well underway in Minnesota, you’ve probably received a few high heating bills by now. We’ve shared tips on conserving energy during the winter, but we wanted to focus on one specific source of winter energy loss: drafty windows.
According to the experts at This Old House, between 10 and 25 percent of a home’s energy escapes through the windows. Not only will drafty windows drive your heating bill up, but they could make your house feel drafty and cold, even when the heat runs all day.
If you can’t afford to reglaze or replace windows, consider these three fast and inexpensive fixes for drafty windows.
This is probably the most well-known and easiest temporary solutions for drafty windows. Specialty kits come with a sheet of plastic and double stick tape. The plastic is then sealed to the window with the heat from a hair dryer. With a cost of just a few dollars, this can make a big difference, helping a room retain more than 50 percent of its heat.
These are long tubes that are placed at the base of a window to stop outside air from flowing in. They can be purchased online, or easily DIY’d by filing an old sock with dry rice.
If you don’t need to see out of a window, you can stop drafts by gluing foam board to 3/8-inch drywall. Cut the glued pieces to fit snugly inside the window frame, then push the foam side against the glass. If you want to let light in, simply remove!
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