The change of seasons will be here before you know it, and getting your windows ready for cooler weather will save money on your utility bills. Consider replacing your old windows with energy-efficient upgrades to save money while ensuring your home is always the perfect temperature.
But if you’re looking for a quick fix before calling us, our favorite home care tips will help keep cool temperatures outside and warm air in.
Prepare Windows for Fall Weather
When inspecting old windows, your first step is to check for drafts and find the source that is causing heat to escape your home. We recommend holding up a lighter to determine if the frame or the glass is damaged — a lighter will flicker in the draft. If your windows no longer fit the sill or have become loose, invest in a window snake and caulking insulation to temporarily fix the leak. If the leak is coming from a crack in the glass itself, you’ll want to invest in window film.
Not only will the film help fill the crack, but it will also tint the window and capture UV rays from the sun to warm your home. That said, we recommend replacing windows as soon as you discover a crack as this is a serious offender to your home’s ecosystem.
Check your Doors
Another culprit of heat loss can be a problem with your entry doors. If your doors are more than 10 years old, it’s probably time for an upgrade to durable replacements. A quick fix, however, is adding a seasonal storm door, which will act as a second level of defense from the cold weather. In addition, adding an insulation strip at the bottom of your entry points can help prevent drafts.
If you haven’t inspected your home’s exterior for obvious damage, now is the time. Because Colorado weather can be so unpredictable, you’ll want to look for damage near the base of your home and around windows. If your home has wood or vinyl siding, you’ll also want to look for holes in the plank and shanks themselves, as animals may have burrowed into your home’s exterior for protection. Cover these holes with weather-resistant caulk. Protip: If you notice that your vinyl siding looks wrapped or has expanded, then it’s time to replace it.
Finally — Bring in the Sun
Don’t forget to use natural light to your advantage by drawing back your favorite fall window treatments to welcome in the warm energy from the sun. Once the sun sets, you’ll want to close your blinds and curtains to capture the heat inside. Now you should be able to treat and prepare your windows for fall weather!
When in doubt, call us at 303-536-5912 for a free in-home consultation. We’ll pinpoint possible points of heat loss — and we’ll help you find budget-friendly windows, siding, and doors for your home.