I'm new to this, but was wondering if anyone had tips on winterizing an old house, i.e. windows, etc.?
Okay, quick temporary way. Get Frost King Window covers. The thicker ones you can't see through but they work better than the see through heat to fit type. BTW the thick ones go outside on your window; they are nailed into the frame. The shrink to fit type are put on inside with double sided tape around the frame. For a really bad widow you could do both (I did).
Permanent costly fix - replace your windows the double pane windows.
Another option - get window film, there are some companies that sell them by the roll or there are installers that have it by the roll. Most popular window film right now is for cars and available at car part/accessory stores. If you are in a fairly warm climate area get darker tint, if you are in a moderate to cold area get a lighter tint.
Heating in general. If you have room for it get a wood stove or pellet stove. In some areas there are places where you can get wood for free, you just have to haul it. Either stove will greatly reduce your heat bill (electric, oil or propane). There are also newer stove designs to check into that I am unfamiliar with you can check out - Amish stove, for one. Good luck
You can buy various thicknesses of clear plastic on the bolt at Super Walmart Stores and is much cheaper than the kits.
Thermal insulated panels also help to keep rooms warmer in winter and cooler in summer. You can get a variety of window film patterns that also block out UV rays, add privacy and provide protection from some heat loss at Lowe's and Home Depot for about $30.00 and diy or have professionally done which is expensive.
You can buy weather stripping that works well around window frames and doors. Check for drafts around windows and doors and use caulking to help. (comes in clear and white) or use insulating spray foam in a can to help insulate and seal. Trim off excess evenly against wall/framework.
Are your walls/attic insulated? If they are not, this will make a huge difference in your heat bill. I know because we bought a huge house last year built in 1900. It had no insulation in the walls! None! There was some in the attic. Our first bill was around 450.00 for heat. We had our walls insulated by a professional and the very next heat bill was 220! That was during the beginning of our ice storm here in Illinois and is was cold, freezing cold for weeks. Hope this helps you too!
You really need to go around the house and make a list of all the problem areas. (We're in year three of ours and still fixing here and there!). Insulation should be first, then sealing drafts--check the bottom of doors, too, as you can buy sweeps that block the air flow. Plastic is good covering, as are thick drapes.
We have double hung windows that actually move in and out a little so we put wood blocks inside the sill, between the screen and window, to keep the inside window pushed in. You have to get creative.
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