How to Insulate Your Windows for Winter

Mr. Handyman employee caulking a window

Old man winter is coming, and for most of us that symbolizes rising utility costs, too. One way to keep these costs down is by insulating the windows in your home. By doing this, you will be able to retain more heat and potentially pay lower energy bills in the process. In this blog, we will go over different options on how to insulate your windows for winter.

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Window Insulation Film - Window insulation film is a plastic shrink film that is applied to the indoor window frame with double-stick tape. You will need a hair dryer to shrink the film and remove wrinkles. Window insulation kits can be found at your local hardware store or online. Typically these are priced between $10 - $15.

Door snake - A door snake is a draft stopper. They are placed in front of the bottom of the door where the draft sneaks into your home. There are a variety of different styles and shapes available. So finding a style you like that fits your door shouldn't be hard to find, especially online. Typically these are priced between $15 - $30.

Caulking - This is probably the most common from of winter window insulation. It is low cost and relatively easy to do. Caulk can be found at any hardware store. Simply caulk the inside and outside of your window casing. For best results, you should also consider weatherstripping with caulking. Typically for both of these items combined, you can expect to pay between $15 - $30.

Rubber Weather Sealing - Rubber weather sealing uses rubber strips that are designed to cover any gaps or cracks in your window frame. Simply cut the strips to fit your window dimensions, then peel and stick rubber strips to the frame of the window to keep out drafts. These can be found at any hardware store or online. Typical prices are between $10 - $15.

Heavy Curtains: Heavy vinyl or linen curtains are a good way to help insulate your windows and reduce drafts from entering your home. This option, however, doesn't come cheap. Curtains like these can range anywhere from $100 - $300.