To-Do #3: Fight Drafts with Storm Windows or Insulation
October may still be warm enough to have your windows open, but it’s already time to begin thinking about cold weather ahead. Early fall is a great time to install storm windows and reap the benefits of lower heating costs this winter.
In colder climates, storm windows on single-pane glass can reduce heat loss through the window by 25% to 50% and lower your heating costs by as much as 13%! And the savings jump to 20% if the storm windows have a low-E coating.
If your home already has storm windows, this is a great time to clean and close them. Removable screens can be taken down, scrubbed, and put away until spring. While it’s not necessary to remove screens in winter, the added light can help brighten your house on dark winter days.
If storm windows aren’t an option for you, an alternative is to seal out cold drafts using plastic window insulation kits. These are applied over the inside of the window with self-adhesive tape. A warm hairdryer is then used to heat and shrink the plastic to make it tight and nearly invisible.