Treating Your Windows to Prevent Heat Loss

Posted on: 22 October 2018

The window treatments in your home can help reduce your home heating costs this winter. If you're looking for ways to prevent heat loss around your doors and windows, keep on reading. Here, you'll find a few ideas that can help you accomplish this task.

Thermal Drapes

Thermal drapes are one of the easiest ways to prevent some heat loss around the windows. These heavy panels are lined with special material that stops air from flowing through them. When they are hung, they help stop the drafts from coming in and the heat from flowing out.

One thing to consider when using thermal drapes is the fact that you will lose the natural light and heat from the sun when you have them closed. Consider opening the drapes when the sun is shining through and allow the sun to help heat and light your home. Just don't forget to close them again when the sun begins to go down.

Door and Window Jam Seals

You can pick up door and window jam seals at any home improvement store. These seals slide underneath the doors and windows and stay in place whenever the door or window is closed. The product will be visible from the exterior and interior and will prevent any air from flowing under the door or window.

Shrink Plastic Covers

Pick up some window shrink plastic kits. When installed properly, you won't be able to tell that the plastic has been hung. The trick to successfully hanging these plastic sheets is to make sure that the area where the adhesive is attached is completely clean before sticking it to the wall. Use a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cloth to wipe the surface, then wait for it to dry.

Make sure that you line the plastic up as close to perfect as possible. If you don't have everything lined up properly, the plastic won't shrink as perfectly as it could.

Use the hairdryer to shrink the plastic by starting at the top and working your way down. Don't get the hairdryer too close to the plastic or you will melt it and have to start all over again with a fresh sheet of plastic.

Start looking for your thermal drapes and make your decisions from there. With quality thermal drapes, you may not need any of the other options listed above to keep the heat from seeping out of the house while the cold air enters. For more information, contact a window treatment company like Classic Curtains & Interiors.