Ready or not, the colder weather is coming to Champaign and you can still find time to make sure the windows and door in your home are prepped for winter. Regularly examining your windows and doors can help ensure that your home keeps you comfortable and helps save on energy costs.
How can you prepare your windows and doors for winter?
- Check to see if your
windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris residing in windowsills or the moving parts on your home’s windows and doors can
impact the tightness and seal when closed.
- Check your weather
stripping – Weather stripping helps to reduce air
from entering the home when windows and doors
are closed. It can become loose or torn over time, so check it
out and reattach any loose portions or
replace sections that are ripped.
- Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and
doors – Rain, water and sunlight can be harsh on
exterior sealants and caulk. Remove the damaged material and
apply new sealant.
- Repair or replace damaged exterior
surfaces – Take a look at your exterior surface for signs of moisture leaking, such as cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the
damaged wood helps prevent cold air and moisture
from entering the
- Install storm doors – Storm
doors offers an additional layer of
security from air and moisture and improves energy
- Install snap-in blinds or shades
– Not only does this boost your privacy, but it also
helps to insulate the home.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and
doors – If your home still has
single-pane glass, clear glass, or your windows and doors are older, your heating bills may be higher than
they need to be. Our
experts can share information about newer,
If you would like to learn more about preparing your windows and doors for winter, contact your local Showroom in Champaign at 217-356-6474.