Prepare your windows for winter weather

Prepare your windows for winter weather

Winter can hit your home pretty hard, especially if you’re caught unprepared. Fortunately for you, there are ways to ensure your home -- specifically the windows -- is fortified before the harsh winter elements make an appearance and problems start to surface.

Weatherstripping

Check whether gaps and spaces around windows and doors are sealed by weatherstripping to prevent any heat loss. Replace any broken weatherstripping.

Condensation

Condensation occurs 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 control 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.

Storm Windows

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.

Cold Drafts

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.

Additional Insulation

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.

Read more about energy efficient windows.

Author Bio:

Alex Esler works as a Marketing Manager for Renewal by Andersen, the window replacement subsidiary of Andersen Corporation, a company that has revolutionized the window and door business for over 110 years. Their local, family-owned offices in Southern New England, Greater Philadelphia, and Colorado make up the largest replacement window company in a network of 100 Renewal by Andersen Dealers. Always eager to help and known to maintain a positive outlook in life, Alex remains driven and inspired by her work and the causes she cares about.

 

 


Topics: Energy Audits, Energy Star, Maintenance & Repair, Remodeling, Windows

Companies: Andersen Windows


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