During the colder months it is important to keep the house warm, for your own comfort as well as making sure that it doesn’t develop damp problems. There is that fine balance between making sure the house is well ventilated and shutting out the cold. You also don’t want to be spending more than you have to on your heating bills, so it makes sense to improve your windows so heat does not escape from this source.
Keeping Windows Warm
You can add an extra layer to your windows by putting clear window insulation film or clingfilm on the inside of the windows. You may need to seal it around the edges but this is an effective way to keep the chill out.
If your radiators are right under the windows, you need to make sure the heat goes into the room. You can put aluminium foil with the shiny side towards the radiator on the wall under the window which allows the heat to bounce back into the room.
Invest in New Windows
So why would I want to upgrade my window? Because investing in good windows will save money in the long run as well as being more secure. Triple glazing is the best for long-term energy saving, but double-glazing is also much more effective than single panes. You can also get windows with an inert gas sealed between the panes which helps to stop heat flowing out of the building. Panes can also be given a special coating to deflect heat back into the home or a self-cleaning coating which uses ultraviolet light to decompose the dirt and rain to wash it off. For double glazing in Dublin, you can get quotes on different options to see at http://www.keanewindows.ie.
Laying it on Thick
Use extra thick curtains or put in a thermal layer, which is a cheap option to help retain heat. You can line existing curtains which cheap fleece or use PVC shower curtains as a lining. In winter you could put curtains in front of doors or, as interior designer Claire Potter’s gran did, pin up an old rug over the back of the front door to keep it warm.
So there are several options available to make your windows warm for winter, from low-cost options to long-term solutions.