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Winterizing Doors and Windows? Start with a Master Plan.

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Winterizing your doors and windows is one of the best ways to save money during the cold weather months. However, there’s more to winterizing than simply putting bubble wrap around your window panes and hoping for the best. If you’re serious about winterizing your doors and windows, then having a plan of action is crucial. It’s important to know about the best ways to winterize your doors and windows, as well as how to gauge whether or not what you’re doing is making a difference.

Start with A Goal Metrics

A good way to measure the effects of your winterizing efforts is to develop an energy efficient goal metrics. Start by using your utility cost (gas and/or electricity) from the previous year as a benchmark on how much you were spending each month. Although you’ll have to spend some money initially to purchase some of the winterizing materials, this upfront cost should be viewed as an investment, which you’ll get a return on later. Next, set a goal of how much money you’d like to save each year on your energy bill and how much you’re willing to spend to get there. Once you’ve made those decisions, it’s time to put your plan in motion. In order to stay on track with your plan, it’s important to regularly check your bills each month to see if you’re meeting your energy saving objectives.

Budget for Improvements

While there are plenty of DIY things you can do to winterize windows and doors—such as putting towels or blankets down to keep the cold out—there are more effective ways to winterize your home that will help improve your home’s energy efficiency long-term. And although there is an initial cost associated with such upgrades, the cost should be viewed as an investment that will provide a return for years to come.

Determine Tasks

Once you have your budget and goals in place, it’s time to start planning and prioritizing which tasks you’ll choose to do. There are many different winterizing tasks you can do for both your doors and windows. But it’s important to keep the tasks separate, so you don’t have too many things going on at the same time. Keeping these tasks separated can also help you budget based on priority and need, rather than trying to get everything done at once.

There are most likely lots of different types of doors and windows inside your home and making individual lists for both is a good way to stay organized and on budget. It will also help in the next step of the winterizing process.

Determine Responsibilities and Due Dates

If you have a family of helpers at your disposal, there’s no reason why they can’t help you out in the winterizing process. Make a list, then divide up tasks for each family member to help complete. The more hands you have, the quicker they will get done. Things like, insulating windows, putting barriers behind your doors, insulating sliding glass doors, and caulking and weather stripping around doors and windows can be a family affair. Let the kids help with the easier tasks and leave the more difficult ones for the adults. Set a solid due date for each of your tasks to be completed. This will help ensure things get done before the cold weather really sets in.

Get Professional Assistance

Depending on how far you want to take your winterizing and energy-saving processes, you’ll probably need some professional assistance. The pros at Glass Doctor are here to help with the process, give you advice, and assist in making a plan that makes sense for you and your family. They can advise whether you need new doors and windows, or they can teach you how to winterize the ones you already have. Call 833-974-0209 or request a job estimate online to start saving money today!