It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again — winter is right around the corner! It won’t be long before the beautiful aspens are covered in snow and as a homeowner, that means it’s time to make sure your home is prepared for the long cold season ahead. Besides cleaning up the yard and blowing out your sprinklers, there’s no better time than the present to make sure that your windows are in good shape for keeping out the cold. In today’s blog from Greyrock, the premier window and door company in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming, we want to help you by reviewing some tips for making sure your windows are ready for winter. Keep reading to learn more.
Check For Drafts
One of the biggest contributors to high energy bills is damaged or ill-fitting windows that allow cold drafts to enter your home. Not only does it make everyone in your house uncomfortable, trying to combat the cold winter air by turning up your furnace is a waste of energy and it will cost you an arm and a leg.
The best way to save money and stay warm and cozy all season long is to check around your windows for drafts. If you hear or feel a breeze, that may mean that the seal around your window isn’t intact or that your windows aren’t working properly. If you suspect that one or more of your windows are letting in even a small amount of air from outside, it’s important to get it addressed right away. That small draft can feel like you’re living in a refrigerator when it gets below freezing and the wind starts to howl.
Look For Leaks
Another problem to be on the watch for is water leaks around your windows. Even if you don’t notice condensation or visible water, if you have dark stains anywhere around your windows, it could be a sign that you have a problem. Leaking windows will only get worse when the snow starts to pile up. Over time, not only will you have costly repairs to contend with, but you’ll likely start to notice a cold draft because the windows no longer have a good seal. If you suspect water may be seeping in through your windows or window frames it’s important to get it fixed right away — regardless of what season it is.
Upgrade Your Windows
If it’s been a while since your windows were installed, it might be worth taking a look at some of the new energy-efficient options available. This is especially true if you live in an older home with single-pane windows. The single-pane offers little if any insulation from the wind, snow, and cold. By upgrading to new windows with energy-efficient features like multiple panes and higher-quality weather stripping, you’re sure to save hundreds on your energy bills in the winter.
Don’t Forget About Doors
Windows aren’t the only means of letting cold air into your house. Make sure your home is secure and ready for winter by inspecting your front and patio doors for drafts. You can also add an extra layer of insulation with a beautiful storm door that matches the look of your home.
Get Your Home Ready For Winter With a Window and Door Company You Can Trust
If you’re interested in home window or door replacement in Fort Collins, Laramie, or anywhere along the northern Front Range, contact Grey Rock Window and Door. We’re a local, family-owned business with over 15 years of experience and we want to help you stay warm and comfortable all winter long! Call today.