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How You Can Winterize Windows In Seattle

October 30, 2017

If your home feels like a refrigerator in the winter, your windows could be the culprit. Glass panes and the cracks around window frames can let heat leave your home’s interior and let in cold air from outdoors. Then you’re going to notice your energy bills increase. That’s why it’s so vital winterize windows in Seattle. And while you’ll see plenty of products and tips for temporary insulation, using more lasting fixes such as energy-efficient windows or insulating window treatments are more effective.

Implement Weatherstripping To Stop Up Drafty Windows

Sometimes simple maintenance can help winterize your windows in Seattle. Before freezing weather arrives, clean your windows inside and out and inspect them for cracked, warped, or loose parts that may let in drafts. Especially look for deteriorating seals and caulk. You can quickly repair these with fresh caulk to seal windows before the temperatures drop.

Windows can also develop a lot of gaps where they sit in their frames, particularly as your home settles and things get misaligned. Then during winter, warm inside air escapes through the cracks, and chilly air seeps in. You can use weatherstripping to cover up the spaces and keep in warm air. You’ll find foam strips, rubber tubing, or gaskets for this purpose at your favorite home improvement retailer. Some solutions may not look pretty, but they provide a tried and true way to winterize windows in Seattle.

Invest In Insulating Window Treatments For Winter In Seattle

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A more stylish way to prevent drafts is energy-efficient window coverings. The best window treatments keep Seattle homes warmer in winter weather. Polywood® interior shutters are the most energy-efficient window treatments available, and they look gorgeous too! Polywood shutters are manufactured from a long-lasting faux wood material with an appealing white paint finish that goes with all types of of home decor. Most importantly, they include a patented insulation system.

The patented weatherstripping on Polywood shutters blocks most drafts if you close the shutters. In fact, your closed Polywood shutters can block up to 30 degrees of temperature transfer from your windows. That kind of energy efficiency translates into major energy cost savings over the years. And since they’re resistant to humidity and extreme temperatures, you’re safe to install Polywood shutters in all kinds of windows to keep out the cold, like frigid attic windows or humid bathroom windows, to increase your savings.

Replace Aging Windows With More Energy-efficient Ones

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If drafty windows frustrate you in the winter, you might need new windows. Replacing old windows with new energy-efficient ones can make your house warmer and lessen your utility bill long-term. To keep out the cold, look for double- or triple-pane windows that have insulating gas inside the layers. And you’ll rest assured knowing that your new windows are energy-efficient if they have the blue ENERGY STAR label.

Of course, even with updated windows, Polywood energy-efficient interior shutters can still make a difference. Polywood shutters add excellent insulation to windows and stop heat loss that naturally occurs through glass. And you can still use them for beauty, light control, and privacy for many years.

We Can Help You Choose Window Treatments For Winter In Seattle

Bring more style and cold protection to your home with Polywood shutters from Sunburst Shutters Washington. Request a no-cost in-home consultation, and we’ll help you pick the right shutters for your windows. Call 360-464-2277 or complete this form to ask for an appointment today.