With the past few weather bi-polar months Staten Island has been experiencing - you most likely have been taking refuge in your home. When you're at home, obviously you're looking to keep your well-heated Staten Island home in tact. You may have dealt with insulating your attic, walls and other areas of your home, if you've neglected your windows you may find that they become a source of very cold drafts.
Apply this three-step guide to weatherizing your windows which will keep you warmer and help to prevent an increased heating bills this winter.
Between Window Frames and Walls
The first step to weatherizing your windows is to check for spaces in between the window frames and the windows. You can often see any gaps clearly as they will allow you to see straight outside. If you're dealing with small gaps you can use caulking as a temporary solution. If you're dealing with larger gaps, you'll want to have professionals come in to repair or rebuild the wall.
Between Window Frames and Windows
Like most windows - they open and close, so ensure they seal tightly and that the weather-stripping hasn't worn away. Weather-stripping is typically sold in rolls, and most types have at least one adhesive side so that you can quickly apply it to your windows and frames. Note that there are different types of weather-stripping in the aisles of Home Depot, so be sure to purchase a type that will work with your windows.
The Window Panes
The window panes themselves can be used to your advantage. On sunny winter days, you can open the windows and let the sunshine in to warm up your home. At night, close the curtains or blinds to help make a sort of insulation to keep out the cold. The thicker the curtains or drapes are, the more they will help insulate your home and prevent heat loss through your windows.
The benefits of weatherizing your windows will serve you well past this winter if done right. Don't forget that doing the opposite with curtains or blinds in the summer will help keep your home cool, and the value of a house goes up when these kinds of details are covered. When you're ready to sell your home, be sure to contact one of our Staten Island real estate agent and they'll be happy to assist.