Christmas, and all that comes with it, is approaching quickly. The drawn-out nights and the cold weather can often lead to an increase in energy bills to combat the discomfort. The months of December and January are also statistically some of the most targeted times for home intruders. Getting your home secure as well as improving its efficiency are two important things to ensure this winter.

How can you make your windows more energy-efficient this winter?

Cream Casement WindowOne of the easiest ways to make your windows more energy efficient is to use a number of draught-proofing methods. Draughts can be a major cause of problems relating to your energy bills soaring, given all the warm air that can easily escape. There are several ways to deal with draughts, some easier and more budget-friendly than others.

  • Draught-proofing strips – these can be stuck around the frame of the window and help to fill any gaps between the frame and the window itself. Self-adhesive strips are popular because they are budget-friendly and simple to install. The downside is that they don’t always last a long time. Plastic or metal strips are better in terms of durability but tend to be more expensive. It is also important to ensure that the strips are the correct size.
  • Draught excluders – these are another effective and inexpensive option to help reduce draughts. They can come in the form of draught snakes or letterbox excluders. You can even make your own if you have a big piece of fabric that you can fill with something like rice or old clothes.
  • Sealing and caulking – your windows can be easily prone to leaks or draughts through cracks or holes that have appeared. Naturally, if there is a draught then you are losing heat from your home. Look for things such as cracks, gaps, missing glass or rotting wood as signs that you need to repair or replace your windows.

What can you do to improve the security of your windows this winter?

Flush Sash WindowsWhen it comes to security, statistics show that the majority of break-ins come via forced entry through windows and doors. It may sound like a simple thing, but make sure to check that your locks are actually in working order. Any issues with your locks can present an opportunity to a would-be burglar to take advantage. Installing multi-point locking systems on your windows is another good option to enhance security or installing further features such as deadbolts or keyed locks.

Glass and glazing are also important in helping to protect your windows. Laminated or toughened glass can help to prevent break-ins. Laminated glass stays in place when broken, while toughened glass breaks into many different pieces to help reduce the risk of injury. Single glazing can not only hamper your home’s thermal efficiency, but it is also a considerable security threat. Upgrading to double glazing can significantly decrease the chances of intruders being successful as well as decrease your energy expenditure.

Make your windows more energy-efficient and secure this winter with Sheffield Double Glazing

At Sheffield Double Glazing, we offer a fantastic range of uPVC windows that are sure to enhance your home’s efficiency and security. From casement windows to flush sash windows and many more, there is a window style to fit the aesthetic of your Sheffield property. Contact us today on 01143 273433 or get a free online quote to get your windows ready for winter.