Winter is a few months away, but we feel that it’s never too early to start preparing your windows to better insulate your home from the lower temperatures. Ignoring seemingly small issues with your windows could cost you hundreds of dollars once the utility bills show up in your mailbox. To help you out, we have prepared a list of everything you need to check to make sure your windows are ready.
Check Weather Stripping
When stripping becomes worn down or detached, the gaps created can let cold air enter and let heat escape easily. Weather stripping can start detaching with regular use of a window, and in most cases all you need to do is put it back in place. Although if you find the stripping to be cracked and brittle in appearance, its time to replace it.
Apply New Caulk
Caulking and other types of pliable sealants tend to wear out over time when exposed to the elements, leading to drafts in the house. It’s important to note that you should NOT just apply new caulk over the old; this will only exacerbate the problem down the line. Use a putty knife to remove as much of the old caulk as possible before applying fresh caulk.
Repair/Replace Failing Exterior Surfaces
With enough exposure, wooden windowsills can crack, warp and deteriorate to the point where they allow excessive air and moisture into your home. It’s important to inspect all windowsills for signs of rot or moisture damage prior to the winter months. While most damage to windowsills is a result of age and wear, moisture damage can be a sign of a bigger problem with drainage from your roof. Should you suspect you have runoff issues, contact a specialist to correct the problem before replacing the sill.