Whether or not you are ready, the colder weather is hitting Bloomington 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 will help ensure that your home keeps you comfortable and helps save on energy costs.
How can you prepare your windows and doors for colder weather?
- Make sure your
windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris left in windowsills or the moving parts on doors and windows can
reduce the tightness and seal when closed.
- Examine your weather
stripping – Weather stripping helps to reduce air
from entering the home when windows and doors
are secured. 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 damage
exterior sealants and caulk. Remove damaged material and
apply new sealant.
- Repair or replace damaged exterior
surfaces – Evaluate the exterior
surface of your windows and doors for signs of moisture leaking, such as cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the
damaged wood will help keep cold air and moisture
from coming back into your home.
- Install storm doors – Storm
doors offers an additional layer of
defense from air and moisture and improves energy
- Install snap-in blinds or shades
– Not only does this improve your privacy, but it also
helps to insulate your home.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and
doors – If your home 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 walk you through newer,
If you would like to learn more about preparing your windows and doors for winter, contact your local Showroom in Bloomington at 309-663-7132.