Windows can be a major source of drafts and heat loss, especially older windows and those with some gaps. Of course, replacing the window with more energy efficient windows such as double pane windows is the most effective way to lower your energy bills. However, this can be an expensive option, especially if you have a lot of windows. Morever, this might not be feasible if you’re living in a rented property e.g. apartment, condo or even house.
So what can you do short of replacing the windows? Actually you can take several cheap but quite effective steps, to weatherproof you windows.
1. Install a plastic storm window. This project is cheap and should only take 1-2 hours. Here’s how it works: The plastic storm window kit consists of a plastic spline and channel system to create a seal in front of the window. The storm is installed by attaching the lengths of adhesive white plastic channels around the frame of the window. Simply cut the plastic to the correct size to cover the window. The plastic is held in place with a thin plastic strip (the “spline”) that locks into the channel. The seal is achieved in a way similar to that of a sealing plastic bag. If well maintained, this solution is reusable, unlike the plastic film that is simply stuck on the window with an adhesive tape.
2. Use a rope caulk around the edges of windows to reduce drafts and air coming in. It is installed by simply pressing it into place with your fingers. It’s easy to apply and easy to remove Rope caulk is a great solution for apartments.
3.Use a V Seal around windows. V-seal should be installed in the seams around the window frame so that create a firm seal when the window is closed.