During the winter, you want to make sure that your windows and doors are airtight even if you enjoy the occasional cooling breeze during warmer months.
Before temperatures drop and you see the first snowfall, make it a priority to give your windows and doors a thorough examination. Otherwise, you furnace will just be blowing money out through those cracks, resulting in higher energy bills.
Here are a few low-cost options to help with your inspection, follow these tips:
• Check every window and door to make sure there is adequate sealed.
• Check your window panes and storm windows for cracks and replace any that are damaged.
• Seal up any little cracks or gaps where air can leak into your home. Many experts believe the average home has enough of these small holes to equal one three-foot by three-foot opening.
• If you have storm windows, put them on early in the autumn weather to help save on your home’s energy bills.
• Make sure to lock all the hardware on your windows. This creates a strong seal that prevents cold air from coming into the home. Even when closed, an unlocked window can still allow air to escape.
• Examine your windows. Make sure they’re doing their part to help insulate your home. Check for hot and cold spots or drafty areas inside your home near windows, which can indicate energy loss.
If your windows are older than 10 years, you should consider a window replacement, replacing them for the energy-efficient ones currently on the market.