We’re entering the final stretch of summer, where we endure the final hottest weeks before breaking out our light jackets for fall. Similarly to how we adjust to the temperature, our windows need protective measures to be taken in order to maintain it’s insulation for the fall and winter. Here are some tips to ensure that your home is as prepared for the cold season as you are.
1. Remove all dirt and debris
Summer thunderstorms and breezes can blow dirt, leaves, and twigs into your windowsills and cause damage. The good news is that the warm summer weather will make it a pleasure to do it. Simply brush the debris off with a dry cloth or duster to help ensure you have a good seal.
2. Replace Weather Stripping
Inspect the weather stripping around the surface, and replace areas that are worn or loose. If left unattended, it may end up letting cold air sneak inside, increasing your heating costs significantly. Similarly, reapply caulk or sealant around your windows as they may be exposed to heavy weather or harsh sunlight during the hot summer months.
3. Replace Your Damaged Surfaces
Cracking or rotting window sills will also allow for leakage of cold air. Repairing, or in some cases replacing your windows as needed will ensure lower heating costs in the long run. Alternatively, you could even go the extra mile and save up to $501 a year in heating costs by replacing old windows with the new Energy Star approved models.
Utilizing these tips, you can ensure that your windows are clean, sealed, and ready for winter. It is also important to check other exterior elements like siding and roofs for leakage and degradation. For any assistance on this, MHX designs have over 20 years of experience working with windows, roofs, and siding, with services ranging from minor fix-ups to entire overhauls and redesigns.