Winterizing Windows and Doors
As temperatures are beginning to drop, heating bills may be on the rise as this chilly season approaches. Here are some tips on winterizing the windows and doors of your home to lower your heating bills, promote regular maintenance and awareness on getting your home ready for winter.
Checking windows and doors is a good first step to ensuring that your home is receiving regular maintenance that promotes a warmer and more comfortable home.
As windows get older they may crack or the seal around the window itself might begin to deteriorate. It is important to inspect all of your windows and evaluate if they need replacing or maintenance.
Check for drafts by holding a lit candle close to the windows in your home and watching to see if the flame flickers. Flickering may indicate a daft. If cold air can enter your home then it is likely hot air can escape. When windows and/or doors are drafty, your furnace must turn on more often to heat the space in your home. More wear on your furnace might mean early replacing.
Consider caulking cracks around windows or applying weather stripping. Some people choose window insulating kits that help to keep the cold air out by creating a barrier between the glass of your window and your home, using shrink wrap and a blow dryer.
Doors are another entry and exit point into 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. Treat cracks and air leaks similar to windows. They should first be checked and if there are any cracks, sealed using caulking or wood fill and if necessary weather stripping replaced. When caulking any exterior doors or windows, be sure to use weather resistant caulking for best results.
It may not be too costly to replace old doors with new ones from a local home store. You may be able to find an updated, more energy efficient replacement for just a couple of hundred dollars.
A sweep can be added to the bottom of your exterior doors. They come in a variety for example rubber, bristles or even some that rise up so as not to interfere with practical or decorative carpet.
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.
It would be terrible to have your garage door break in cold winter weather; leaving the contents of your garage exposed and allowing the elements to get in. Be sure to check hinges, pulleys and strings. Loose parts and pieces can affect the general function of your garage door. Replacing them before it gets too cold out could really help on savings in the long run.
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