How to Winterize Your Windows to Prepare for a Midwest Winter

The Midwest winter can be harsh. Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin we can see lots of snow, ice and freezing-cold winds that can take a real toll on your home if you’re not prepared!

Energy costs are unpredictable and if your home isn’t properly winterized, you can be hit with big bills. If you live in an older home with single-pane windows or have even the smallest gaps or spaces around windows and doors, you could be spending hundreds of dollars more than you need to every winter.

It’s not difficult to winterize windows and a little time spent before the winter snows hit can keep you warm … and lower your energy costs. Let’s examine how to winterize your windows to prepare your home for the coming Midwest winter.

How to Winterize Windows

There are several effective window insulation techniques. Often the best solution is to combine a couple to maximize efficiency and achieve lower energy costs. Here are some to consider:

Storm Windows

If you have older single-pane windows, storm windows are a relatively inexpensive way to add some protec tion. While they don’t provide window insulation, they do prevent air movement through single pane windows.

Thermal Window Treatment

This is another low-cost fix and they look better than putting plastic over the windows! Heavy, thermal-lined, floor- or sill-length drapes can keep the cold air at bay. To make them even more effective, consider adding Velcro to window frames and places where they overlap for a better seal.

Window Replacement

With replacement windows from All Exteriors, you can save energy by replacing your old windows with the latest state-of-the-art window technology designed to help keep your home cool in summer and warm in the winter.

While it’s possible to do the work yourself, often the best solution is to hire a professional. The money you save heating your home this winter will help defray any costs if windows are drafty and cold. Contact All Exteriors today so that you’re best prepared for a Midwest winter!