How To: Prepare your Windows & Doors for the Cold Winter
Winter is coming, and it’s going to be a long, cold one!
And with all the extra time we’re spending inside in 2020, it’s important to make sure your home is ready for the elements.
Sure, being at home more has made utility bills climb higher, but it has also allowed us the time to take a good look at our homes and the areas we want to improve.
One way to lower your heating bill this winter is getting your drafty windows prepared to keep the heat inside. And it doesn’t have to be a stressful undertaking if you follow our quickchecklist below:
- Clean your windows thoroughly. Use a mild cleanser and a soft towel and you will be able to get a close look at any possible deterioration.
- Inspect thoroughly for gaps and drafts. One way to do this is to light a candle and carefully guide it around the window; watch closely for the flame to flicker. A flicker means you have identified a draft.
- Seal the drafts and gaps. As you identify the areas that need to be sealed, you can use caulk, new weather-stripping, or foam to keep the cold air out. Remember as the cold weather arrives, accumulation of condensation and frost are a sign that your windows are working.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call at Manchester Millwork here in Manchester, Connecticut. We are a proud partner of Marvin Brand Windows & Doors and we have been specializing in all of your millwork needs since 1989.