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DIY Tip… Insulating Windows and Doors On A Budget

DIY Tip… Insulating Windows and Doors On A Budget


There’s still at least a couple of months left of winter for most areas of the US and Canada plus of course there’s always next year too when , for all we know, utility rates will be even higher. For those reasons, it’s always a good idea to know all the DIY tips possible for insulating windows and doors on a budget. Here’s some tips that perhaps you may not have heard.

Number One… Plug every air leak you can find:

That’s right. Experts figure that the average family spends at least $200 a year on the heat and/or cold that escapes the house through air leaks so plugging them makes economic sense. Some obvious places where leaks occur is around flues and chimneys, open stud cavities, around recessed lights, the attic access door, electrical boxes, gaps lower on the wall in the basement, and of course around doors and windows.

Number Two… Change your drapes to a more insulating material:

You’ve seen them in Dracula movies but actually velvet drapes aren’t a bad idea for winter. They have a respectable amount of natural insulating power, they’re heavier so they resist drafts and they just make for a warmer look in wintertime. Changing drapes can be done in just a couple hours in all the rooms will cut down on drafts that try to sneak in via the windows.

Number Three… Velvet curtains aren’t only for windows. Consider doors too:

Yes, why can’t you put curtains across doors? In olden days, before all entrances to and from a room had real doors, curtains were the rule rather than the exception. Still, they are very effective in compartmentalizing air flows from one room to another. They’ll effectively stop any drafts from one room to another and if you do have a door that’s closable too, the cumulative insulating power is enormous. Of course there will be times, like during the day if the sun is out, that you might want to pull them back to make it easier for people to enter and exit the room.

Number Four… Use exterior barn door for a ‘back-up’ insulated barrier:

This idea isn’t always practical but it does work when possible. Why not add an outer ‘barn door’ to any glass doors you have going outside. A certain amount of heat always gets through and around glass doors unless they’ve been very, very carefully designed and installed but if you can add another layer of ‘air gap’, by adding another ‘outer door’, it will save some energy.

Number Five… Use draft-stopping pillows and ‘throws’:

Nowadays at places like Pier One or Ikea you can find all sorts of odd shaped pillows and rugs. They make great, quick and easy to use barriers to drafts that can be used anywhere you even suspect there’s a draft or some heat escaping or cold getting in. Just grab one and toss it where you think it might help. If it does… great. If not…. put it somewhere else.

Those are some easy ways, DIY ways, to insulate your doors and windows on a budget. Cheap but effective…. the perfect combination.