With the cold weather creeping in, it becomes increasingly crucial to keep warm by any means necesseary!
If your windows are older and single-pane, you know that as air escapes and the cold air enters this not only leads to uncomfortable temperatures in your home, but also leads to increasing heating costs. Luckily, there are wonderful do-it-yourself methods that you can use this winter to save. At All-West Glass in Kitimat and Prince Rupert, we want you to enjoy a warm home without outrageous energy bills. That is why we have a full list of cost-effective options to try, including the dollar store method: The $1 DIY Method • Bubble Wrap from the Dollar Store: You might have heard about the bubble wrap option on the news recently, but it is a cost-effective way to insulate your windows costing you less than $1 per window. Bubble wrap works like glazing and helps keep in the heat during the winter. It only takes a few seconds per window to install and remove. The only drawback is that it will reduce natural light and you cannot see through it. Other Inexpensive Insulation Methods • Window Film: You can also buy a transparent window film, which you cut to suit the size of your window. It will stay sealed in tight if you lightly blow with a blow dryer to help it seal onto the glass surface. The only drawback is these are known for taking paint from your trim with them when it comes time to remove it. • Updating Your Caulking: A simple and effective way to insulate is checking and reapplying the caulk on your windows. Missing or peeling caulk allows air to escape through the small gaps. Before trying other methods, seal your windows with caulk and see if that works. • Use Spray Foam: While more expensive, spray foam inside the large gaps between your glass and the frame improve insulation and reduce air transfer. Consider Upgrading to Double Pane Windows If you want to further increase your savings and avoid having to reapply foam, stripping, and film each year, you should consider upgrading to double pane windows and rid your home of the energy wasting single pane windows for good. All-West Glass has a variety of energy-efficient windows, and we can help not only install but look for insulation options so that you continue to save long after the installation. While you have plenty of window companies to choose from in Kitimat and Prince Rupert, consider us first. We have years of experience with window installation, repair, and maintenance. We offer traditional and custom windows so that you can increase energy efficiency without sacrificing aesthetics. Schedule a consultation for your windows with our local branches in Kitimat and Prince Rupert or reach us online to learn more about our complete range of window products for your home.