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Small Home Changes Can Improve Your Family's Health

My husband and I both suffer from allergies and asthma and, unfortunately, two of our children inherited our health problems. Living with both can be a struggle, but we take every step we can to keep our family healthy. One spring, when our seasonal allergies were especially bad, we decided to finally have our carpeting replaced with natural tile flooring and that was a great decision. Even though it seemed like we vacuumed constantly, I guess our carpets harbored more dust and mites than we ever expected! Since then, we have invested in other upgrades to improve our family's health, including antimicrobial kitchen counter tops. I enjoy helping others, so I decided to start a blog to share what we have learned about home upgrades and renovations. I plan to post on a variety of topics, so there will be something of interest to everyone!

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3 Tips For Insulating Your Windows This Winter

One of the areas of your home where cold air likes to sneak in during the winter time is around your windows. If you want to keep the cold air out and cut down on your energy bill, you need to make sure that your windows are well-insulated. Here are three different window insulation options that you can try this winter. 

#1 Window Insulation Film

Window insulation film generally is sold in kits at your local home improvement store. Inside of the kit is plastic shrink wrap film. The plastic shrink warp film is placed over your window and secured to the frame using tape that is sticky on both sides. Then, you have to take your hair dryer and move it back and forth across the plastic film. This will shrink it down and make it tight across your window and will take away any wrinkles in the film. 

This will add another layer of insulation to your windows. Window insulation film works great on single and double pane windows. However, they do make your windows look cloudy and you will not be able to see out of them clearly. 

#2 Rubber Weather Sealing

Another way to insulate your windows is with rubber weather strips. You should also be able to pick this up at your local hardware store. You take the strips, measure them to the dimensions of your windows, and then stick them to the frame around your window. They had adhesive on them, so you just have to peel back the protective paper and stick it into place.

Rubber weather seals help close any gaps around the frame of your window and keep out those cold, wintry drafts. Rubber weather seals will not change how your window looks. However, you need to be careful when removing the sealing in the summer; sometimes a sticky residue can get left behind.

#3 Drapes 

A more long-term solution for insulating your windows is to purchase and hang up drapes or curtains over your windows. Make sure that the curtains you purchase are as long as your window, or exceed the length of your window; that way, they effectively stop any drafts from the bottom of your windows. 

When you hang up your curtains, you'll want to make sure you position the rod so that the curtains exceed the side of your windows by a few inches. This will ensure that your windows are completely covered and that the cold air and drafts are held at bay. Contact a company like Park City Blind & Design for more information.

All three of the insulation options above will cut down on drafts from your windows. Curtains are more of a financial investment than the other two window insulation options, but once they are up, they can provide you with insulation against drafts for multiple years. Rubber weather seals and window insulation film will need to be removed in the summer when you want to open up your windows and will need to be applied again next winter.