Replacing your windows with new energy efficient windows to reduce drafts can be costly, and if you just purchased one of the many homes for sale in Irvine, you might want a solution easier on the wallet. Instead, you can weatherproof your existing windows to cut down on your heating and cooling costs. Here’s how.
Buy a Kit
Properly weatherproofed windows will significantly limit the amount of air that can leak into and out of your home through the windows. A weatherproofing kit that can be purchased from your local home improvement store is a simple solution that will give you immediate results.
Check the Windows
Before you begin your weatherproofing project, you should thoroughly inspect your windows for wood rot. If the putty has been damaged or chipped, it should be pulled out using a putty knife and replaced. If the window glass has a chip or crack, the entire pane will need to be replaced.
Pick Up Weatherstripping
For a temporary solution, add weatherstripping around window seals to prevent outdoor air from leaking inside. Next, use the plastic from your weatherproofing kit to create a barrier of air. This adds extra insulation and seals off your windows from the rest of the house. Keep in mind, however, this means your windows cannot be opened until you remove the plastic.
Seal the Windows
If you are looking for a permanent solution, you may want to consider sealing your windows. Using a high performance sealant in the gaps and cracks around the window will reduce drafts and prevent moisture from collecting on the wood components, meaning your windows will last longer. The sealants can also work on any materials, including vinyl and wood. Low expansion foam is another solution. However, this foam does not provide a boost in insulation.
By weatherproofing your windows, your home will feel more comfortable and you’ll save on your heating and cooling bills.
If you’ve been in your place for a while and an energy efficient home is important to you, it might be time to consider other houses or condos for sale in Irvine with all the latest bells and whistles. To check out current properties for sale, give us a call at (714) 454-6304 or check out our inventory online.