During chilly, sunny winter days, you might want to curl up in your favorite chair by your living room window. What happens if you sit down and immediately feel a chilly draft? While you could wrap up in blankets or close your heavy curtains, wouldn't you rather feel comfortable wherever you are in your home? Here are three ways you can stop the draft and hopefully fix your house's old windows:

1. Consider applying caulk and/or weatherstripping
Caulking and weatherstripping are two easy DIY options for fixing smaller window leaks. After cleaning your windows thoroughly, Angie's List wrote there are three main areas where you can apply caulk: between the trim and frame, at the joints of the trim and around the window's edge. If you have pets or young children, it might be best to use a non-toxic caulk. The Department of Energy recommends that homeowners only caulk leaks that are less than 1/4 inch wide, as caulk usually is less effective past this point.

There are dozens of types of weatherstripping available, but Popular Mechanics listed its five favorite options: adhesive-backed foam, tubular rubber-gasket, spring V-Seal, felt and window insulation kits. The magazine wrote homeowners should first apply caulk and then cover with weatherstripping for maximum effectiveness.

"Begin exploring your replacement window options."

2. Consider installing window films
Window films are another option to improve the energy-efficiency of your home and cut down on drafts. While these plastic films are more challenging to install than the previous two options, they are effective when applied correctly. You can choose from traditional films to more expensive low-emissivity films. The Daily Record reported that you can apply these heat shrinking films to your leaky windows and use a hair dryer to smooth out any bumps or wrinkles.

3. Consider buying replacement windows
Sometimes, all the caulking and weatherstripping in the world can't do any good for your older windows. If you are tired of paying too much each month on your utility bills and feeling uncomfortable in your own home, you should begin exploring your replacement window options.

Modern, energy-efficient windows are double-paned to keep heat in or out. Many high-quality models also offer low-emissive glass, foam enhanced frames, argon gas fills and durable vinyl framing. All of these extra features means you don't have to worry about drafts ever again.

Don't spend another moment with drafty, outdated windows. Come to NewSouth Window Solutions to learn more about our energy efficient, factory-direct windows that will keep your residence comfortable year round. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about how our windows may be the right fit for you.

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