The good news is, it can be quite easy to insulate your windows for winter with Secondary Glazing.
If you want to keep your home warm, one of the first questions you’d be asking is ‘How to insulate windows for winter?’. Windows and doors can let out the heat from your home if they aren’t energy efficient. The result is that you need to run your heating constantly to maintain a comfortable temperature. Another side effect of this is the fact that your energy bills are higher than necessary.
Windows can let the heat out through the frames, the seams, as well as the glazing. Fortunately, there are solutions that can help you with the different requirements of each.
Insulating your windows for winter is simply a matter of ensuring that you don’t have any cracks or leaks that let in cold draughts or let the inside heat out. Here are some ways you can insulate your windows.
Here are some pro tips for keeping your home warm throughout the colder seasons.
1. Insulate your Windows for Winter with Secondary Glazing
If you want a long-term solution to insulate your windows, we would recommend secondary glazing. Secondary glazing is a pane of glass with a discreet frame that is installed on the inside of your windows. The small amount of space between the window and the secondary glazing creates a buffer zone where air can’t circulate. As a result, this layer serves to insulate the windows, trapping in heat and not letting it out.
What’s more, secondary glazing is discreet enough to be perfect for heritage buildings as well. These buildings are often restricted to single glazing. With secondary glazing, they can improve the windows’ thermal performance without affecting the outer appearance.
In addition to keeping your home warm unobtrusively, it offers balanced insulation while ensuring proper ventilation. The frames don’t affect the appearance of your house, either from the outside or inside.
Moreover, it’s a long-term solution as the frames can be swung or slid open when you want to open the windows. It also doesn’t affect the amount of sunlight you get, letting the heat of the sun warm your home.
The best part is, our secondary glazing is competitively priced. In fact, you can also get the quotes quite easily, just by contacting us with what you need. In fact, why not contact us to find out more about how our secondary glazing can help you insulate your windows for winter?
2. Double and Triple Glazing for Window Insulation
Double or triple glazing for windows is a very effective way to insulate your home. The best part about it is that it has heat efficient frames as well as glazing. Both of these methods use two or three panes of glass with a small space between them. This gap traps warm air and stops it from leaching out.
The only drawback that you might find it the cost, which might be prohibitive, especially if you’ve only recently replaced your windows. Also, certain listed properties may not have permission to replace their single glazed windows with modern double glazing.
3. Curtains to Insulate Your Windows
Before there were any high-tech methods of insulating your windows, there were curtains. Thick curtains especially are great for keeping your rooms warm. Like secondary glazing, they stop the movement of air, creating an effective layer of insulation.
Additionally, appropriate colour and design add to the overall aesthetic of the room. This means you can make your room look attractive even as you make it warmer. However, there is one significant disadvantage of using curtains for warmth. That drawback is that they block out sunlight. As a result, you can’t rely on the sun’s light or heat.
4. Window Insulation Film for Draught-Free Windows
Insulation films are a way of shrink-sealing your windows. These are clear plastic sheets that can be stuck on to the window. You can then use a hair dryer to heat-shrink them, so they cling tightly to the frame. These act to block draughts, as well as heat loss from inside, by sealing the seams and any cracks in the structure.
On the flip side, the film is relatively visible and makes the glass appear murky. If not done very smoothly, you can also see the folds of the shrunk film. What’s more, this is not a permanent solution and still allows heat to escape.
5. Cellular Shades or Blinds
If you like the idea of using curtains to insulate your windows, but don’t want to block sunlight, you might want to try cellular shades. These blinds can be transparent or translucent so don’t make the room as dark.
However, these might be somewhat costly, and will not give you as much insulation as heavy curtains.
6. Weather Sealing Strips
There are different types of weather sealing strips, with foam strips being the most popular. These are cheaply available and are easy to use. Just cut them to size, peel the backing, and stick over the seams and gaps.
However, this too is a temporary solution. Additionally, when you remove the sticky tape, it can leave the residue of the glue on your window. With painted frames, you may even find the paint peeling away with the tape.
Want More Advice? Contact Our Experts Today!
Get in touch with the Granada Secondary Glazing team today to discuss insulation for your home. We can offer solutions for secondary glazing for all types of properties, helping to keep you warm this winter.