Keeping Your Home Warm on a Budget
Posted on January 07, 2014
Is it just me or did someone put Texas weather on ice overnight? If you’re like me, you might not be prepared for this sudden chill. But, as one of my favorite 30 Rock episodes so eloquently put it, “it’s never too late for now!” Here are a few great ways to keep your home warm on a budget!
Put an end to those drafts! Whether you’re handy with weatherstripping or want to simply grab a few of our $189 replacement windows, drafts in your home have to go! Losing your warm air to a poorly sealed or insulated door or window isn’t just hard on your indoor comfort, it’s hard on your bank account. Your heater will have to work overtime to compensate for all of the conditioned air you’re losing to the outdoors. That means higher utility bills for you and possibly an early retirement for your heater. To check for drafts, hold a candle near your windows and doors on a windy day. If the flame flickers or is blown out, you’ve got a draft on your hands.
Would you believe it if we told you that your window seat doesn’t have to close down for the winter? It’s true! You can enjoy a comfortable seat all year. And no, it’s not because of those cozy socks or that hot cup of tea (though, they certainly don’t hurt!). It’s thanks to insulated SolarZone glass. UV-filtering Low-E Glass and argon gas insulation will more than double your windows R-value (thermal resistance) and stop the transfer of heat or cold through your windows. SolarZone glass work year round, keeping out the sun’s harsh rays in the summer and trapping your warm air inside during the winter. If you haven’t armed your home with these windows, what are you waiting for? They provide a 24% savings on your energy bills.
If your windows aren’t equipped with SolarZone glass, another great tip for home comfort is to hang insulating curtains. These curtains come with thermal foam backing and other insulating properties to keep your home cozy in the winter. As a bonus, they will also work in the summer to keep the sun’s hot rays from heating up your home.
Remember, the key to a comfortable home is proper sealing and insulation. When the weather outside is frightful, it’s best not to invite it in. For more information on keeping your home warm this winter, call or visit us today at Window World TX!