Pros: Curtains with a thermal backing can provide a barrier between the cold and your home. Drafty windows will be no match for insulating curtains; which can also match your home decor!
Cons: The trick is to find cheaper insulating drapes as they can be costly. Some thicker curtains can also block out sunlight.
Window Insulation Kits-
Pros: You can buy these nearly anywhere, and the directions are fairly easy to follow with money saving results!
The most common kits include a plastic shrink wrap that is placed on the window with double-sided tape and then shrunk down with a hair dryer to fit it to the window and smooth any wrinkles. This wrap keeps out the cold during winter months.
Cons: Watch out for older homes; the tape can sometimes remove the finish and paint off of your window sills and sides.
Pros: Weather stripping is a simple and cheap DIY project that is effective in reducing drafts in your home. Minimal change to the appearance to windows.
Weather stripping for windows usually comes as a foam-backed adhesive, or as nail-on strips depending on the type of windows in your home.
Cons: The foam-backed adhesive usually doesn’t last as long on your windows, but the nail-on strips can last for years.
Pros: A fun and easy DIY project for anyone who wants to save money while also personalizing your home.
Simply sew up a tube of your favorite fabric (fitting the width of your window) and fill with rice. Can also be put under doors to block drafts.
Cons: Only covers the window sill, leaving the frame and glass exposed.
This sealant is targeted towards older homes; as windows tend to shrink and warp over time, leaving cracks and drafts that let the cold seep in.
Pros: Lasts very long and is nearly indestructible. Discreet and clear, also won’t remove paint. Can be used on virtually any type of window.
Cons: Can be messy to install and requires cleanup.
Last but not least, analyze the overall quality of your windows. Consult an expert at Kryger before permanently altering your windows – it may be time to replace them all together.
Don’t forget about other money-saving options when it comes to heating your home. Consider space heating, thermostat monitoring, and heater maintenance.