We all remember as children our parents telling us, “Close the door - you’re not heating the neighborhood!” In the winter, there is definitely something to be learned from that bit of wisdom.
As cold weather sets in across North America, people are prepping the house to take on declining temperatures. One aspect that is frequently overlooked is the windows. While many people focus on just being able to see outside, windows maintenance is a great way to keep the heat in, and the cold out!
- Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows. Look for a high quality brand that stays sealed.
- Check and replace as needed for all current weather stripping around windows and doorframes to prevent heat loss. Time, wear and tear does call for new weather stripping every few years.
- Seal the air leaks around chimneys and keep your flew closed when not having a fire.
- Replace screen doors with storm doors, and store the screens until the weather warms up. Do the same with screen windows. This is also a great time to clean them.
- Inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, or gaps. Repair or replace as necessary.
- Check wood window frames for damage. Repairs may be necessary to ensure the structural integrity of your home.
- Make or buy a draft snake, which are fabric tubes placed under a door to prevent cold air from getting in. They can also help keep the noise out!
- Install window insulation kits available from a hardware store. They usually include plastic shrink film that is applied to the indoor window frame with double-stick tape, and then heated with a hair dryer to shrink the film and adhere to the glass. This is especially important in basements that are underground.
- Use heavy fabrics curtains curtains over the windows to keep the heat in. Blinds can also assist in keeping warmth inside the home.
- Cellular Shades insulate while still letting in light through the windows. They can be ordered and custom cut from home.
Not only will these tips help keep you warm in the winter, but they will also keep your energy costs down. Leaks to the outside are what cause drafts in your home. If you are in need of repairs or replacements to any of your windows, don’t hesitate to reach out to Glass Doctor!