In Ontario, our winter months can be quite challenging and uncomfortable. We know that as winter rolls in, so does the frigid air, extreme cold, snow and ice. We also know that winter means that our energy bills may experience a sharp increase, especially if your windows and doors are not winter-proofed.

You can avoid some of the problems associated with the harsh Ontario winters by winter-proofing your windows. If you are not sure where to begin winter-proofing your windows, we have highlighted 5 ways to do so below.

1. Use weather stripping

If your windows open and close, that means they have moveable parts, and ice and frigid air can make their way in through these moving parts. Fortunately, you can prevent these elements from entering your home by using weather stripping. Metal, vinyl, and magnetic strips are the most common materials used for weather-stripping. While each of these materials has its advantages and disadvantages, they are all effective for winter-proofing windows as they can prevent the draft from getting into your home.

2. Install window insulation film

Window insulation film is a common material used for reducing the effects of winter on windows. When installed appropriately, a window insulation film protects your home against the effects of rainwater, snow, and sleet during winter. Although it usually comes as one of the items in a window insulation kit, window insulation film can also be bought individually. This material is easy to install as it doesn’t require any special tools or skills.

3. Install insulated curtains

While most curtains can protect your home against a draft, icy winds, or frigid air, insulated curtains are the most effective. Since they contain pre-installed thermal backing, these curtains are capable of shielding the interior of your home against the effects of winter.

Apart from being effective, insulated curtains are aesthetically pleasing as well. So, not only will they shield your home from a draft, they will also accentuate the beauty of your home.

4. Use a draft snake

A draft snake is a type of winter window cover designed for preventing a draft from getting into a room. Otherwise called a draft stopper, a draft snake is fairly inexpensive and can even be made at home utilizing old clothing. Generally, you need to place your draft snakes around the edges of your windows to prevent a draft from coming into the property. Unfortunately, draft snakes are only effective for sealing the base of the windows. So, if you want to block other sides of the windows, you may have to consider another solution.

5. Refinish the seals

If the caulking on the outside of your windows is cracked or peeling, this can allow air to seep into your home and eventually lead to loss of energy efficiency. By replacing the seal around your windows with new caulking you can prevent any air or drafts from entering your home.

Although the tips above can help you to winter-proof your windows and doors, their effects may be minimal if your windows are damaged or worn. If your windows and doors are beginning to show signs of wear and tear, you may want to consider a windows and doors replacement.