Winter is coming, and there’s no better solution to making your home more energy efficient while saving you money on your utility bill than providing better insulation inside your home. Most modern homes don’t have as big of a problem with drafts indoors, but there’s always room for improvement when it comes to keeping your home warm and cozy. Let’s explore your greenest and most affordable options.
Door Draft Snakes
This item isn’t exclusively a Canadian product, although chances are someone who lives in Canada will be familiar with this item compared to those from other countries. It’s not a real snake — it’s just a draft blocker made from cheap filler materials to keep it from rolling around. The snake is placed at the foot of doors and windows to keep cold air from seeping indoors, and it’s largely effective, although not an ideal solution because it doesn’t form a perfect seal. You can buy your snake or make it from materials easily found around the home.
Although far from elegant, this solution forms a seal around your windows, creating a layer of insulation. The idea is similar to down feather filling, where air gets trapped in little pockets, preventing their circulation into other areas. To install shrink film, you tape the edges of the film to the window frame, or if the frame is recessed in the wall, then apply it directly to the wall itself. The film itself shrinks to fit tightly over the entire window area after being heated, which also means that you can’t open and close it until the film is removed!
Close the Blinds
When you draw the curtains closed, pull the shades down, or close the blinds you’re actually forming a barrier that slows down the movement of cold air. Better yet, you can layer your window treatments, and in effect it would be similar to putting on more than one blanket on your bed. It’s also visually interesting to layer window treatments, so feel free to spruce up your room and get the temperature up!
Other alternatives include:
Most of the suggestions listed above are great options for temporary fixes that can be done by anyone, but to get the most bang for your buck, replacing old windows are the way to go. Talk to one of our specialists to learn more about how the latest in window technology can work for you.