7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home - Engineer Mommy
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The school year is in full swing and the outdoor temps keep dropping. That means one thing – winter is rapidly approaching and it’s time to weatherize the home. Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating (or cooling) a space accounts for slightly under half of the energy use in a typical American home? This means that heating a home is the biggest energy expense for most households so weather-proofing the home is a great way to keep the heat in – and the money in your pocket. From protecting the water lines to installing the Duck® brand Roll-On® Window Insulation Kit, see how you can improve the energy efficiency of your home today. 

1. Tune up the HVAC system! Most HVAC companies offer a twice-per-year service to tune up the heating & air conditioning systems in the house. Take advantage of this service to ensure your appliances are in working order before the brunt of winter. While you’re tending to the furnace, be sure you’re changing that furnace filter regularly. Every three months is a common interval, but read the directions on your particular filter. Also, use a programmable thermostat (or better yet, a smart thermostat) to ensure that your home’s set temperature is designed to maximize comfort & cost savings during the day and night. A good rule of thumb is to set the thermostat to 78 during the summer and to 68 during the winter, but of course, these numbers will vary by individual preference. 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

2. Apply the Duck® brand Roll-On® Window Insulation Kit! Did you know that during the colder months, windows become a prime spot for energy loss? In fact, around 2/3 of Americans live in a home that hasn’t been fully weatherized. Don’t let all that heat – and money – escape! Our 1950’s home has windows that are pretty drafty and I wanted to improve the insulation of my windows so I decided to install the Duck® brand Roll-On® Window Insulation Kit. I love that this easy-to-use kit makes it simple to establish a insulating barrier between the outdoor air and the indoor air> The kit comes with a Roll-On® insulating film (with a pre-taped edge for simple application) and window tape. The only other supplies I needed to grab are a pair of scissors and a hair dryer. 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

The first step is to apply the tape along the sides and bottom of the window frame. I love that I don’t need to bother with measuring anything and each kit comes with enough material to insulate three 3’x5′ windows. 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

Next, I took the pre-taped crystal clear film and adhered it to the top frame of the window, pressing along the taped portion to ensure good adhesion. 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

Then, I peeled the paper backing off the tape (along the sides & bottom of window) and fully unrolled the plastic film, pulling it taut all the way down the window. 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

Next I used my hair dryer to shrink the film and improve the adhesion. I can’t believe how quick & easy this process was! 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

Once the film shrinks, it nearly disappears and looks seamless. What a great way to improve the energy efficiency of our windows! 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

It took me under ten minutes to get this installed – no special skills or tools required! Make your own home more comfortable this year with Duck® brand Roll-On® Window Insulation Kit – it’s easy and affordable. 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

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3. Install weatherstrip taping! To insulate the doors, install some weatherstrip tape along the inner frame. It’s an easy installation and you can find various widths & colors at the home improvement store. In mere minutes, you can add weatherstripping to the doors in your home to keep drafts out – and more money in your pocket! 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

4. Clean those gutters! Did you know that gutters full of leaves & debris will be prime spots for ice dams? Get those gutters cleaned before winter gets going. If you have a leaf blower, it can be used to clear out the gutters. 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

5. Hang blackout curtains! Blackout curtains are much more efficient than standard curtains at preventing heat loss. Keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside by hanging blackout curtains on your windows. There are so many gorgeous designs at the store nowadays – when it comes to curtains, don’t sacrifice style for energy efficiency. 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

6. Protect the water lines! When the temperatures dip, don’t neglect those water lines that pass through any unheated areas of your home. As the ambient temperature dips below the freezing point, that water may freeze, potentially cracking the pipe. If you can shut the water to that section of pipe, do it. If you can’t shut the water to that section of pipe, purchase and install special pipe insulation- it wraps around the pipe to reduce the likelihood of freezing. 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

7. Reduce drafts under doors! An easy way to protect against drafts underneath doors is to use a draft blocker that slides into place. There’s no complicated installation and you can even throw the cover in the washing machine to make clean-up a breeze! 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

I hope these tips have inspired you to improve your home’s insulation this year. Now, I’d love to hear from you. What steps have you taken to winterize your home? Have you ever used the Duck® brand Roll-On® Window Insulation Kit? What is your best tip for winterizing a home?

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24 Responses to “7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home”

  1. We just had our HVAC tuned up. It doesn’t get too cold down here in the south, but when it does, I like to be prepared. Great tips!

  2. We have OLD windows in our house, so we need to insulate them every year. I am going to pick up some Duck insulation this weekend :)

  3. I have seen tons of people using this film to put on their windows during the winter. Great ideas on how to save money and stay warm.

  4. I will keep these tips in mind for sure! I keep our house 72 in the winter because I chill too easily. 68 would be too cold for me. But in the summer it is at 77.

  5. we need to do this for some rooms in our home

  6. I did not know Duck Tape had a window insulation kit. Mind blown. Our local power companies offer complimentary seasonal inspections to help customers winterize their homes. I take advantage of the service every year and it has helped lower our heating and cooling costs.

  7. Those insulation kits really work! We used to do this before each winter when we still had our old windows.

    • EngineerMommy

      Yes, I installed one on another window years ago and it was a great experience. Now we just did another few windows! The insulation really makes a difference!

  8. I was forget about winterizing my home. Where I live it does not get that cold. Are used to live where it was freezing and I never winterized my home and now I wish I did. It would’ve kept my house warmer and I would’ve spent as much money on my heating bill.

  9. My windows need to be updated in my home. The Duck brand Window Roll-on kit will be such a life saver. Thanks for sharing!

  10. We just had our HVAC unit serviced, so we are good there. I didn’t know Duck brand made a roll on window kit.

  11. We have old windows in our home. I’m sure insulating them with this would really improve our energy efficiency.

  12. Thanks for the step by step installation tips. I tend to always apply the winterizing wrap ineffectively and it falls before the weather actually gets chilly. Hope I’m more successful this year!

  13. We use blackout curtains, and I love them! Especially in the summer, it helps to prevent the rooms from heating up so fast. I have never tried the plastic sheeting over the windows, but our windows and doors are so drafty!

  14. I need to plan a weekend to do these to my home. It is starting to get cold out there. These are all great ways to winterize your home.

  15. We got the HVAC serviced over the summer so we’re good there. We should try the weatherstrip taping especially in the basement.

  16. I need to tell my sister about that roll on window winterizing kit!! She has some older windows in her home and they are always letting int he cold air during the winter months!!

  17. perfect timing for winterizing tips for the home. I live in NYC apartment but the windows have air pockets so I think your tips on how to install duck brand insulation kit is going to help me out since I am bad at these type of home DIY projects.

  18. I go through this every year in my apartment!

  19. Thank you for these tips. I need to get those window insulation kits. It will help keep the cold air out and help reduce the cost of heating. Oh and I will never forget to check the outdoor water lines. We had that experience of one of them freezing up before. Never again.

  20. I don’t know if HVACs are similar to boilers in the UK as that’s the only thing most homes worry about all year round but loved these tips especially window insulation

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