3 Low Budget Fixes For Drafty Windows

Drafty windows not only make for an uncomfortable house, they also result in higher energy bills because your heater and air conditioner have to work that much harder to cool or heat your home. Ideally, you would replace those drafty windows with stronger, more energy efficient windows that would keep your heated or air conditioned air in and the outdoor air out. But what if replacement windows just aren't in your budget right now? There are still ways that you can block the drafts and save money while staying more comfortable inside your home. Check out a few low budget fixes for drafty windows.

Make a DIY Draft Stopper

If you have a sewing machine, a simple craft project can fix your drafts easily. All that you need to make a simple draft stopper is some medium-weight fabric, some insulating material, and some sewing supplies. If you don't want your draft stopper to be noticeable, pick a neutral fabric that blends in with the décor. However, if you're feeling bold, pick a cute pattern or a bright color and let your draft stoppers be fun accessories to your windows.

To find out how much fabric you need, you'll first need to use a tape measure to measure the windows. However wide your window is, add four inches to the width for your draft stopper. So, for a 23 inch window, you would need 27 inches of width. Whatever the size of the window, you'll need to cut the fabric eight inches tall. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, then sew the long end and one of the short ends shut. Now you have a fabric tube. Turn it inside out and fill the fabric with an insulating material like dry rice or beans. Then sew the remaining end shut. Place the completed draft stopper in your window, where it will block the flow of air entering and leaving your window.

Rubber Weather Stripping                                                                                                                                 

Rubber weather strips are inexpensive and can be easily found at most hardware or home improvement stores. You can find rubber weather strips that are self stick and easy to apply. Just cut them in the size and shape that you need, and apply them wherever there are drafts in your windows.

The only thing that you need to be careful of when using sticky rubber weather strips is the paint job around your windows. The strips may peel paint off when you remove them. If you're planning to use them for the winter, then repaint the house in the spring, this may not be a problem. But if you've recently painted around the windows, you may want to choose a different method.

Window Film

Plastic window films comes in a variety of forms and price points. The least expensive plastic shrink wraps can be applied with double-sided tape and sealed to your window using the heat from a hair dryer. Or, if you don't want the film attached to your window permanently, you can install a layer of bubble wrap in between the film and the window, making the protective coating easy to remove when you're ready.

With or without the bubble wrap, shrink film adds an effective layer of protection to your window that can help keep drafts out. The only downside is that the film may make your windows look cloudy, and the film may obscure your view of the outdoors. But if you're looking for a temporary way to stop drafts, this is affordable and efficient.

By stopping the drafts in your windows, you'll save money on your heating and cooling bills, which may help you save up so that you can have a window repair company replace your drafty windows with stronger, thicker windows that don't let air in or out.