Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s time to start preparing your Dayton home for the winter months. The cool fall season is the perfect time to get outside and perform some routine maintenance on your windows and doors. With these quick window tips, you can keep your home cozy and warm when the weather turns cold.
Clean Your Window Sills
During the fall, we see a large increase in the amount of debris and buildup that happens around our windows. With leaves falling and tons of precipitation, it is easy for that debris to form a solid layer right against your windows. Unfortunately, all those leaves trap in moisture against your window frame and can cause damage. The best thing to do is make a point of cleaning off your window sills and preventing buildup before it gets out of control.
Change Your Window Screens
While it is not strictly necessary, you may decide that you want to change your window screens out for a sturdier option. Heavy duty window screens during the summer can prevent proper airflow when you need it most, but during the winter they can actually protect your windows against severe weather.
Inspect Your Window Seals
Now is also the best time to inspect your windows for signs of leaks or drafts. Inspect the caulking all the way around your windows to ensure that no moisture is seeping its way in between your walls. Inspect the dust guards and seals that keep your window shut tightly to make sure that there is no damage. If necessary, add some weatherstripping to seal up any holes, and while you’re at it, inspect your doors as well.
Cover Your Windows
Even with properly sealed windows you may find that you are still losing some heat through the glass. Window insulation kits are inexpensive and can add an extra protective layer to your home. Even just closing the drapes can help keep the cool air against the window from permeating your room. However, south facing windows tend to let in natural light and heat from the sun, which can help reduce your power bills.
These quick window tips should only take a little while but can have a major impact on your monthly power bills and comfort during the winter months. Renewal by Andersen is happy to help you prepare your Dayton home for the coming winter when you call today to schedule your consultation.