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All across the Northern Hemisphere, the chill of winter is settling in! When the temperatures drop, will you be prepared? Windows and doors are the main culprits behind heat loss; but with a few simple steps, the effect can be greatly reduced. By following these guidelines, you can reduce your energy bills while making your home a more enjoyable and comfortable place to live!
Most heat is lost through the windows during winter-time. While walls are filled with plenty of batt insulation to reduce thermal loss, windows are more-often an afterthought. These drafty windows are likely to leak both sound and heat. Learn to reduce that now.
Top Ways Insulate Your Windows for Sound and Heat
Seal all cracks and gaps around the window or door frame
The primary factor in heat loss. Any gaps will allow the chilly winter air to blow in unobstructed, while also allowing warm air to escape. Fix these issues first with sealer and Spackle available at any hardware store. If you’re not sure where to find these cracks, check out our article on “Finding Sound Leaks” (and drafty gaps).
Install Weather Stripping
The next step is to install weather stripping on your windows or doors. Available at any hardware store, weather stripping is easy to set up, and will provide an extra layer of insulation along the edges of your windows and doors.
Replacing single pane windows with double pane windows is not the easiest or most affordable option, but it is one of the most effective. By creating an insulated, sealed layer of air between two panes of glass, heat loss can be reduced by over 25%.
Heat Insulating Curtains
Not just the windows and doors, but the area around them can be insulated as well. Most curtains will insulate with varying degrees of effectiveness, but can only do so much. A great alternative would be to install quality, insulating products like Residential Acoustics’ Acousticurtain™ soundproof curtain and Acoustidoor™ soundproofing door panel. These products feature a high quality soundproofing material with robust insulation properties, 30 decibels of sound blocking power, and even blocks out light.
Winter is coming on fast, along with the high energy bills that come with it. By following these simple steps you can keep out the chill, while keeping a few more dollars in your pocket. With a wide range of Custom and Standard sizes available, Residential Acoustics has an AcousticCurtain™ and Acoustidoor™ to suit just about any sound, thermal, or light pollution problem you might be facing. With a commitment to quality, service, and made in the USA, you can count on Residential Acoustics to help insulate your home this winter.