Winter is quickly approaching and homeowners should take proactive precautions to keep their homes warm. One way to stay nice and toasty during the winter is to implement window treatments.
They don't have to be extravagant home improvement projects that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars and take up days or weeks of your time. You can choose to invest significant resources in elaborate window treatments if you'd like but you can also take minor precautions that will ensure a warm home throughout the winter. Let's take a look at some of the best winter window treatment ideas.
Choose Your Panels And Shades Wisely
Instead of hanging blackout curtains in front of your windows to keep out winter's cold, embrace the morning and afternoon natural sunlight with sheer panels. While winter consists of three fairly dark months, this doesn't mean that the sun never pokes through the clouds. If you invest in sheer panels, you'll be able to allow some of that natural light into your home and also reduce your heating bill. Or, consider installing honeycomb shades.
They are light in color and specially designed with honeycomb style pockets that will boost your home's energy efficiency. These pockets, commonly called “cells”, help prevent cold air from entering your home and warm air from exiting.
Hardwood shutters look fantastic but they actually have a meaningful function as well. They help rooms retain heat in the winter and also keep spaces cool during the summer months. These gorgeous window coverings are made of hardwood that is painted and stained to preserve the wood grain’s natural look.
They can be installed in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms and will especially help to keep the cold air out of your home in the winter. Aside from keeping you warm, hardwood shutters will also lower your energy bills throughout the year. Most come in a variety of louver sizes that will enhance your view of the outdoors.
Film, Sealing And Snakes
If you opt for window insulation film, you'll be able to keep your cute curtains intact. Every hardware store has window insulation kits with plastic shrink film that can be easily applied to the interior of your window frames. They typically come with double stick tape that must be warmed with a hair dryer. Once the film shrinks and wrinkles are removed, you'll have a very cost effective home warming solution in place.
Another way to warm the home is to apply rubber weather sealing to your windows. You can find self stick strips of rubber weather sealing at hardware stores or on the Internet. Just cut the strips to fit your window's particular dimensions then peel and stick them to the frame to prevent cold drafts from seeping into your living space.
This is an economical means of warming your home that won't significantly alter your window aesthetics. Also, consider draft snakes. These fabric tubes are positioned on the window sill and act as a barrier to stop frigid air from making its way indoors.