UNITED HOME EXPERTS | NOVEMBER 15, 2022
Whether you sit on either side wishing summer had stayed a little longer or you cannot wait to hit the slopes at Nashoba Valley, one of the most important things leading into the wintertime is preparing your home for the incoming colder temperatures.
Our team compiled a few helpful tips to eliminate drafts, condensation build-up, and what to look for when it might be time to replace your windows and doors.
- Clean your windows and doors. Due to the composition of the rubber seals, they are prone to be eaten up by mold. It is vitally important to maintain the cleanliness of the seals, along with cleaning the frame and glass.
- Perform an inspection. Review your windows to identify any portions that may have deteriorated over time. You might see failed seals or rubber popping out, condensation, or mold build-up.
- Check for drafts and gaps. If you feel any cold drafts coming in through your window, chances are there is an issue with the weatherstripping, or the seals have a defect. This can be due to several reasons such as mold buildup, older windows, major temperature fluctuations, low-grade window frames, living in a high-humidity climate, poor installation, and poor maintenance.
- A temporary solution. You can use plastic window wrap on the interior of the window. If your windows are older and you do not have the means to replace them immediately, these can hold you over for the winter. Know that you might have to replace those multiple times during extreme weather. For doors, you can place a draft guard at the bottom or add a storm door to reduce drafts in various parts of the older door.
- A heavy set of curtains and blinds. Yep, it is true, it can help on those colder nights. You can open them up when there is direct sunlight to help warm up your home.
One common misconception is that condensation is a sign of an issue with your window, but that is not always the case. It is a sign that the window is doing its job and maintaining the temperature of your home but be careful to wipe it dry and not let it pool on your window.
If you are ready for a new set of windows and doors, our Home Experts would love the opportunity to speak with you. We have many window & door brand offerings like Marvin and Provia to suit your style, taste, and budget along with popular financing options that many of our customers love to use.
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