As temperatures are beginning to drop, heating bills may be on the rise. Here are some tips on winterizing the windows and doors of your home to lower your heating bills, promote regular maintenance, and get your home ready for winter.
It's important to inspect all of your windows and evaluate if they need replacing or maintenance. As windows get older they may crack or the seal around the window might begin to deteriorate.
Check for drafts by holding a lit candle close to the windows in your home and watch to see if the flame flickers. Flickering may indicate a draft. If cold air can enter your home then it's likely that hot air can escape. When windows and/or doors are drafty, your furnace works harder to heat the space in your home.
Just like windows, doors can also be the culprit for cold air leaking into your home and warm air leaking out this winter season. They should first be checked and, if there are any cracks, sealed with caulking, wood fill or, if necessary, weather stripping. When caulking any exterior doors or windows, be sure to use weather resistant caulking for best results.
When you are checking doors, don’t forget the garage door. Your garage door is the largest entry and exit point in your home. A great tip for garage doors is to adhere foam panels to the inside of the door affixed with double-sided tape. This will act to protect and insulate.
These simple tips can help decrease your heating bills this winter.