Sometimes we know that there is a need to replace something in the home, but we just simply can’t afford it. We will do anything we can to put off the replacement and make minor repairs in the hopes that it will solve our problems for at least a couple more years while we save for the big replacement investment. For many homes, the windows are the source of the problem, but the cost of replacement windows is just too high. Luckily, many of the typical problems that old windows have can be solved with simple, and cheap, do it yourself projects. These projects can be completed in a matter of hours and will add on at least a few more years to the life of your windows.
Weather Stripping and Insulating
Weather stripping is a rather simple project that will seal air leaks around your windows and doors. The easiest type of weather-stripping to install is the adhesive-backed type, and it can be purchased at any local hardware store. Weather stripping your windows is a do-it-yourself project, even if you aren’t much of a do-it-yourselfer. You can also seal the windows with films during the winter months. Plastic, or any other material that may be used, can boost the insulating ability of your old windows and keep out winter’s chill. For this all you need is a hairdryer and a sealing kit. Finally, if plastic films on your windows don’t seem appealing, you could also hang heavy curtains. Either make them yourself or search for them on sale, but either way, they will help keep out the cold drafts that may seep around your window and into your home.
Take Steps towards Savings
If you are not comfortable doing any of these projects on your home, they can be performed by an experienced contractor, but the important thing is to do something about the repairs that need to be done but that can’t be afforded. These cheap suggestions will go far towards saving you money this winter season.