Are you tired of shivering in your living room because your bay window is poorly insulated? What if you don’t have the budget to replace it right now? Letting cold air into your home doesn’t have to be inevitable! Here are our 5 solutions for limiting heat loss from your bay window without breaking the bank!
Why Insulate Your Bay Windows?
Insulating a bay window offers several advantages, including improving your home’s energy efficiency and reducing outside noise.
This type of opening is a significant source of heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer, which increases heating and air-conditioning costs if you have one. By insulating your bay window, you can limit these heat and cold losses and thus reduce your energy costs.
Bay windows can also let in outside noise, which can be problematic if you live in a noisy environment. Insulation can help reduce this nuisance and improve your indoor comfort. Insulating a bay window can save you money on your energy bills and improve your quality of life.
5 Solutions to Improve the Insulation of Your Bay Windows
While a bay window has the advantage of increasing the brightness of your home, if it’s poorly insulated, it can also let in the cold. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with this problem and avoid skyrocketing energy bills.
1. Caulk your bay window
Caulking consists of installing seals all around your bay window to improve insulation. There are many insulating gaskets available in foam, rubber or plastic. This solution is suitable even for the least DIY-minded of you since all you have to do is apply them with a self-adhesive strip. However, we recommend metal (nail-on) or silicone (spray-gun) gaskets for best results.
2. Install insulating film
To improve the insulating capacity of your bay window, you can add an insulating film. This thin film is applied directly to your glass. The air trapped between the film and your glass acts as an insulator. However, this solution does not achieve the thermal performance of double glazing.
3. Install overglazing
Overglazing is an intermediate solution between insulating film and double glazing. It involves adding a layer of glazing to the existing joinery. Before doing so, it’s essential to make sure that your windows won’t move and that your joinery will support the weight of the added glazing.
4. Add thermal curtains
Another solution is to install thermal curtains. These effectively stop the cold from penetrating through your bay window. Of course, this solution is best used at sunset or on bad weather days. When the sun is shining, take advantage of this natural heat to keep warm.
5. Install a roller shutter
Installing a roller shutter can improve your home’s insulation at night. When lowered, they contain the heat built up during the day, keeping out the cool night air.
What Should I Do if My Bay Window Still Lets In the Cold?
If your bay window is still letting in the cold, it may be time to consider more advanced options, such as replacing the glazing or the entire window unit. So, if your bay window glass or sash is damaged or in poor condition, it may not be effective at retaining heat. In this case, replacing it with a newer, more efficient version may be necessary.
Now you know how to improve the insulation of your bay window. There’s a solution to suit every budget. However, in absolute terms, the best way is to install double or even triple glazing by a professional installer.