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With winter soon upon us, is this the year you are going to address your insulation problems?

Winter is just around the corner, and with the extreme weather of recent years, some of you might need to make some adjustments to your houses. Take this time out to fix your insulation issues. It's very important that your house has adequate insulation or your heating costs will go high up.

Insulate your house properly

Insulating your house properly means upgrading your single glazed windows to double glazed alternatives. The double glaze traps a layer of air that helps to keep your house warm. Window fitters offer great value on the latest glazing technology. These are modern PVCu energy rated windows and can prevent heat loss through windows by 50-70%.

You may not have the cash to reglaze your house of course, so If you want to insulate your windows within a low budget you might want to consider rubber weather sealing. These seals are self-sticking and are easily available at a hardware store. The strips are very cheap and can be used to close any gaps and keep out drafts. Also, you can buy window insulation kits, which will include a plastic shrink film. These can be stuck on the indoor window frame with a double-stick tape then heated with a hair dryer to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles.

Cellular Shades are a little more expensive but would still be cheaper than installing a new set of windows. These are also pretty effective but not as effective as heavier curtains. The main attraction is that they let in light. Alternatively, you can use layered curtains over your double glazed windows.

Another important thing to remember while shopping for your house insulation is draft snakes. These are fabric tubes that can be placed on window sills or under doors to prevent cold air from creeping in. With a little ingenuity they can also be made at home.

All these tips and tricks are essential to effectively insulate your house. But you will have to make them work together and there are problems associated with them. For example, if you are using the self-sticking tapes, these are hard to peel off and more often than not peel off the paint underneath them, meaning you may have to repaint later.

Using double glazed windows and doors can solve your problems in a jiffy. They are energy efficient and will save heating costs. They are secure and make your house look more attractive unlike the ugly insulation tapes. The doors come with the latest exterior door security features and locking systems, making your home secure. The front doors are double sealed to beat draughts and give excellent thermal insulation. The PVCu used in the windows and doors is low maintenance and is also tough and resilient, and will never need painting.

The best part is all of them are available in custom designs and sizes so that you don't have to worry about fitting and installation etc. But whatever you choose, remember to get it sorted soon for a warmer winter.

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