Preparing Your Home Windows and Doors for Fall
Fall is already here, and the temperatures will only get colder as the year draws to a close and starts with the new year. As days grow shorter and nights cooler, you may find just how valuable your windows and doors can be to your home insulation. If they let too much heat escape your home, the space can feel drafty and uncomfortable. Your heating bills can spike. So it’s a good idea to make sure your home windows and doors are in good shape for fall and the coming winter.
How do you go about that?
Protect From Air Leaks
Air leaks are likely to be your worst enemy during this time of year, so make sure you watch carefully. Check windows for any loose caulking and reseal when you notice a problem. Doors aren’t sealed with caulking, so this can be more of a challenge with your doors. However, this may be a good time to break out weatherstripping in order to protect your threshold from cold air or heat loss. You can also do the candle test here: light a candle and hold the flame up to the door or window. Does the flame pull in a particular direction? That means there’s a problem with the seal that could lead to air leakage.
Protect from Mold
With increased moisture and changes in temperature, mold can also be a serious threat during the colder months. Make sure that your HVAC system is properly ventilating your home to avoid stagnant moisture. You may even invest in sprays designed to prevent mold. Watch for window condensation during this time, as well. Do your windows fog up on colder nights? This condensation is a combination of the warm air from your home meeting the cold glass, and it’s usually a sign that the window is not as well sealed or insulating as it could be. Window condensation can also create moisture that makes your windows vulnerable to mold or mildew.
Protect from Water
Most of the work is done on the interior, but this is one step you’ll want to take outside. Take a look at your exterior window sills. They should have a 3” by 12” slope in order to ensure proper rain drainage. If the slope is off, water could start to pool at your window sills, causing damage to the wood there. In fact, if you have wood windows or doors, this might be a good time of year to give them a protective stain in order to prevent damage like swelling, rotting, or warping.
Need to protect your home windows and doors this fall? Interested in replacing windows and doors so as to have less maintenance ahead? Contact Jancewicz & Son today for more information or a free estimate.