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Posted on Mar 20, 2017 by Sam Heer

Top Emergency Window Lifehacks to Prevent Drafts and Leaks

Knowing how to provide emergency fixes is an invaluable skill in emergency situations. Lifehacks about how to insulate windows are useful if you have window problems in bad weather, and won’t be able to get immediate assistance from professionals. Nevertheless, it is necessary to consult us right away to provide a more permanent solution. Let us share with you some of these window lifehacks.

Emergency Window Lifehacks

  • Use rubber sealing tape to seal gaps – If your windows aren’t closing properly, they would form gaps and let precious indoor heat escape during cold days. You likely wouldn’t notice them until it’s too late and you’d start feeling drafts when you’re close to the windows. Rubber sealing tape is an inexpensive product to keep in your toolbox for these kinds of situations. If you’re using the kind with adhesive, make sure you have residue remover handy when removing the tape.
  • Shrink wrap your windows plastic insulation film – It’s what it sounds like: shrink wrapping your replacement windows can work as a temporary fix for drafts and leaks. You will need the insulating plastic wrap sold in hardware stores, not the kind used for storing food. Once you have the window wrapped, use a hairdryer to shrink it, and you have a temporary seal for your windows.
  • Install heavy drapes – Failing both, you can hang heavy drapes over windows and doors to reduce drafts and enhance insulation. It may not look pretty, but it is functional. We recommend keeping a set of drapes in storage somewhere, and install them as needed.

The Renewal by Andersen® Difference

Preventive fixes are preferable over temporary solutions to window problems. Avoid getting into these situations in the first place by investing in replacement windows designed to withstand extreme weather and hardware failure. Our replacement window frames are made from our exclusive Fibrex® material and High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass options. Combined with our superior window installation process, it will ensure that your home will be well-insulated.

Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois serves residents in and around Peoria and Champaign, IL. if you would like to know more about our replacement windows, call us today at (866) 693-6707 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, in-home consultation with our window and door experts.


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

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