How to ‘winterise’ your windows and keep your home warm

Huge heating bills, stormy weather and the pressure of Christmas can make winter difficult to deal with at times. But if you have winterised your windows you can rely on them to help keep your home secure and warm, so at least thats one weight off your mind.

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Prevent heat loss

As much as 30 per cent of your homes heat loss is caused by your windows. According to the Energy Saving Trust, more efficient glazing can help to reduce some of this loss, help your carbon footprint and your energy bills.

Insulate your windows to prevent drafts. This can be done by sealing holes around window frames and panes or installing windows with extra layers of glazing.

Check around your window frames for gaps or cracks in the caulk and insulation which has already been applied, and repair anything that has failed to stop drafts entering. Replace rotting frames. Add a strip of foam or felt insulation to the space between an opening window and the frame.

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Add an extra layer

Storm windows add an extra layer of protection to your windows for the winter season. Ranging from plastic sheets to secondary double glazing systems, they are available for a variety of prices.

Replacing single glazed windows with double or triple glazed windows is a good way to optimise the efficiency of your windows. Norman and Underwood emergency glaziers Leicester based can repair and replace any windows that show signs of damage

Window film can be added to your window to provide a lower cost layer, and it can reflect warmth back into your room.

There are also some ultra-low cost DIY options to consider, such as applying a layer of bubble wrap, cut to fit the exact pane of glass and stuck to the window bubble side down using a fine spray of water.

Thermally lined curtains that cover the entire window are a good way to prevent heating loss, but also make your room look more comfortable. They can be taken down and swapped for a lighter style in spring and summer. In winter, let them hang long and sit on the floor, and seal them to the walls with velcro. Allow overlaps where they meet to prevent any cold air from behind them escaping into your room.

Nickolas Hunter

Nickolas Hunter

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