When winter approaches, you want to keep your home as warm as possible. While you can do this with your heating system and fireplace, some of that heat you are generating could be lost if you don't have proper insulation. To improve the insulation in your home, checking your windows is a good place to start. If you feel a cold draft coming in through the windows, even while they are closed, it is time to think of better ways to insulate them.
Install Window Insulation Film
One of the best ways to insulate your house windows for cold weather is with window insulation film. This is easy to install, as the insulation kits are sold at most hardware stores. The insulation kit will come with everything you need, such as plastic shrink film and double-sided tape. It is easy to install as well. You add the film to the window and attach it to the frame with double-sided tape. You then use a hair dryer to heat tit up and shrink it. While window insulation film is affordable and effective, it may detract from the clean look you are used to seeing when looking out your windows.
Use Rubber Weather Sealing
Another type of window sealing sold at hardware stores is called rubber weather sealing. You will buy the rubber weather sealing at strips, then cut them to fit the dimensions of your windows. They are in peel-and-stick form, so after cutting them, you just peel the adhesive backing, then stick them to the frame of the window. You want to have them as close to the frame edge as possible so they can block out drafts. On the downside, rubber sealing strips might damage the paint of your window frame when removed. However, they are also affordable and very easy to install.
Buy Layered Curtains
If you want to add a nice appearance to your windows while also improving insulation, you can try putting up layered curtains. For the curtains to block out drafts, they must be layered and made of very heavy fabrics. On the plus side, thick, layered curtains are attractive and sold in a lot of colors and styles. You can find a good set of curtains to match your current home décor and don't risk damaging your windows. However, they tend to be more expensive than regular curtains, and you might block out light when trying to keep out the cold draft.
Your other option is to contact a window repair professional (such as R & K Windows) and ask them to make repairs to your windows. The draft is likely from a gap between the window and frame, and they can fix this for you permanently.