When outdoor temperatures start to drop and the evenings are gradually getting colder and darker, you should have already prepared for the upcoming freezing temperatures.
For some, winter is the most exciting time of the year and one to look forward to. Think comfort foods, cozy knits, warm fires and of course, the festive season! That being said, it can also have its downsides.
Whether you love it or hate it, winter will be here before we know it so make sure you don’t get caught out by the cold weather. Here are 3 ways you can prep your home in time for winter.
Replace your old windows and doors
Harsh weather can take its toll on your home’s exterior over the years, which means components such as your windows and doors may not be insulating your home as well as they used to. By replacing your old windows and doors, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency, which in the long-term, can help reduce your energy bills and save you money. Drafts will be gone and heat won’t be able to escape as easy.
Check wheterh gaps and spaces around windows and doors are sealed by weatherstripping to prevent any heat loss. Replace any broken weatherstripping.
Condensation occures when moist, warmer air comes into contact with dry, cooler air. The result is sweating windows. The key to solving such a problem is to c ontrol the humidity in your home. Open a window or door daily for a brief period of time to let warm, moist air out, or use a dehumidifier or exhaust fans for better air circulation.
Window screens alone are vulnerable to the harsh winter winds, so you might want to change them out for storm windows. Storm windows can withstand the pressure of strong winds and other elements. They are also designed to keep the cold out and the heat in.
Rotten or Decaying Wood
The last thing you want to experience during winter is a broken window. Have a professional repair or replace any damaged window frames to keep them in good shape.
Caulk all necessary areas to prevent any heat from escaping, and to keep the cold air from entering your home. Mild drafts can be fixed using insulation tape or foam, especially if there are larger holes.
Perform an Inspection
Hiring a window expert to check the structural integrity of your window can go a long way, especially when winter is just around the corner. Cracks, broken glass, and gaps need immediate repair, and if necessary, replacement.
Lock the Window
This may be a simple precaution and should be automatic, but many homeowners still do forget to lock their windows! As a result, they unknowingly let cold drafts in. Make sure to lock your windows before you start sealing drafts.
You can use clear plastic sheets to cover or wrap the inside of your windows to serve as additional insulation. There are also window wrap kits available that include heat-shrink plastic sheets that you can heat into position.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows
Aside from storm windows, you can also have replacement windows installed in your home. This makes more sense if you have old, poorly functioning windows. Double- or triple- pane windows save you the most in energy bills, so do not hesitate to consult a professional window installer about them.
By winterizing your house, specifically your window, you are ensuring that your home’s interior living spaces remain safe and comfortable for you and your loved ones throughout the season.