Whether or not you are ready, the colder weather is hitting Petoskey and you still have time to make sure the windows and door in your home are prepped for winter. Regularly examining your windows and doors can help ensure that your home keeps you comfortable and helps save on your energy bills.
How can you prepare your windows and doors for winter?
- Ensure your
windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris that
remains in windowsills or the moving parts on your home’s windows and doors can
impact the tightness and seal when closed.
- Examine your weather
stripping – Weather stripping helps to keep air
from leaking in when windows and doors
are secured. It can become loose or torn over time, so watch your weather stripping and reattach any loose portions or
replace sections that are damaged.
- Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and
doors – Rain, water and sunlight can harm
exterior sealants and caulk. Remove the damaged material and
apply new sealant.
- Repair or replace damaged exterior
surfaces – Take a look at your exterior surface for signs of moisture leaking, which may
include cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the
damaged wood helps prevent cold air and moisture
from find its way into your home.
- Install storm doors – Storm
doors offers an additional layer of
defense from air and moisture and improves energy
- Install snap-in blinds or shades
– Not only does this improve your privacy, but it also
helps to insulate the home.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and
doors – If your home still has
single-pane glass, clear glass, or your windows and doors are older, you may be paying more than you should to heat your home. Our
experts can walk you through newer,
energy-efficient windows and doors.
If you want more information about preparing your your home’s windows and doors for winter, contact your local Showroom in Petoskey at 231-622-4417.