We at Glass Express love waking up on the morning of the first heavy winter snowfall. There’s just nothing like the way the sun glistens off a fresh layer of new snow, that is, of course when we are looking out a new, clean, energy efficient window. Windows have a lot to do with how you and your family will enjoy the winter season this year in your home.
Remember how you felt last winter? Last winter might bring memories of indicators that it might be time to replace some windows. If replacing windows isn’t in your budget this year, here are six steps to take to help make sure your windows are ready for winter.
- Wash your windows. Yes, I said wash them. Having a clean window on the inside and out allows the maximum amount of sunlight into your room helping you to see better and to keep warm. Not only will you enjoy the benefits of unobstructed visible light but it will also give you the opportunity to make a careful inspection of each window in your home or business.
- Repair cracks in window seals and caulking. Weatherstripping around windows as well as door frames helps a great deal in keeping heat in and cold air out.
- Repair old, weak frames that show signs of deterioration. Maintaining the structural soundness of your windows will prevent gaps for drafts and possible pressure cracks.
- Install Storm Windows. Storm windows can be interior or exterior. These windows provide a much needed extra window layer for older window systems.
- Don’t forget the basement! When the bottom floor of your home or office is cold it takes longer and more energy to heat your entire building.
- Cut back any weak, low-hanging tree branches. If covered in heavy snow, they can cause damage to your building’s exterior and represent a threat to your windows.
If you’re living or working in a space with obvious signs that the windows might need replaced, such as curtains that sway in the draft or windows that have frost on the inside, perform all the steps on this list, and call Glass Express to consider replacing even a couple of windows at a time.
Windows have a significant impact on the heating and cooling efficiency of a home. You might even think about installing those high-performance low emission windows we were telling you about in our last post. New window technology that is going to keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer looks beautiful and stretches your dollar, making it a win-win.
Getting the most out of your windows keeps you comfortable and ensures that if you want to you can stop and enjoy those beautiful first snowy winter mornings.