When colder weather strikes and the snow begins to fall outside, your home’s R-value becomes one of the most important assets that you can rely on as a homeowner. What’s an R-value, you ask? Well, in short, the R-value of your home is the rating of how well it retains heat and keeps out the cold (likewise for the summer months)—it’s essentially how well your home is insulated. And while your home may have an exceptional R-value heading into winter, chances are, there are a few small things that you can do to make it even better.
One of these things is simple, extremely cost effective and takes very little time: installing a thin sheet of acrylic over the inside of your windows. Acrylic in Ottawa is one of the easiest home improvement materials to come by—especially if you’re shopping at Plastics and Signs of Ottawa. Obtaining a few sizeable strips and installing them as a secondary barrier to your windows will help to mitigate the flow of air through the glass, keeping your home better protected against unwanted temperature fluctuations.
How can acrylic in Ottawa help?
You may be asking yourself—how is a sheet of acrylic going to help me better defend my home against temperature loss? Well, for starters, acrylic is an insulator, meaning that it actually acts as a barrier against heat transfer, allowing you to keep warm temperatures where they need to be: inside of your home.
Another upside to acrylic is that it’s transparent and very hard to distinguish when placed up against a pane of glass. This means that you’ll be able to protect your home without tainting your view of the outside world. You’ll never even know that an acrylic pane is in place!
How to install it and where
Installing acrylic is an easy project that most homeowners can undertake by themselves: all you’ll really need is a sheet of acrylic and some Velcro. Head on down to Plastics and Signs of Ottawa to get your acrylic sheets, but be sure to measure your windows before you go, taking into account a light overhang where the Velcro will be attached to the window frame.
Once you’ve got a sizeable sheet for your window(s), attach one strip of Velcro to each corner and the attachment Velcro strips to the same area of your window frame. When you put the two together, the acrylic panel and the windowpane should line up perfectly, with no indication that anything is there except for the four small patches of Velcro holding it in place. That’s it—you’ve just insulated your windows against unwanted heat transfer!
You should repeat this process and install acrylic panes on any windows that are at ground level, for maximum results. It’s best to pay special attention to windows in larger rooms that may be harder to heat, as heat transfer tends to be a problem in rooms with a lot of windows or excessive room volume. Applying acrylic to your major living areas should be enough to keep your home toasty warm during the long winter ahead!