Why it’s Important to Check Your Windows Once Cold Weather Arrives - Hutchinson

Why it’s Important to Check Your Windows Once Cold Weather Arrives

There is no doubt about it – taking the time to check on and reseal your home’s windows as necessary once it gets too cold outside can help you save money on your energy bills. Furthermore, sealing your windows not only has the potential to help you save some money, but doing so will also ensure that you and your loved ones are warm and comfortable until the temperatures begin to rise once again.

Older windows that are left unchecked might be allowing some heat to escape.

The older windows get, the less efficient they can become. However, that does not mean that you need to have them replaced every decade. Two things that you should do every year—and especially before extremely cold weather arrives—are examine them to see if there are any leaks, and thus reseal them as necessary. In fact, for those of you who do not know, even the smallest leak can cause your heating system to work harder to heat your home.

Want to seal your windows? Well, consider caulk.

Unfortunately, leaks can happen both outside and inside of windows. One of the most effective ways to fix leaks (inside or outsides) is with caulk. Caulk is easily accessible as it can be found at home improvement stores. Additionally, it is also a simple “do-it-yourself” project that can be done quickly. Lastly, those who are worried about the look of the caulk will be happy to know that it can be painted over to blend in with your home’s décor.

Purchasing a weatherstripping product is also ideal.

Another easy way to seal your windows is with a weatherstripping product. Although most people use weatherstripping to prevent water/rain from getting into their homes, it can also be used to keep the heat from escaping. Also, similar to caulk, some weatherstripping products come in different colors to help it blend in with a home’s décor.

Just like you should have your heating unit checked to guarantee that it will work properly throughout the winter, you should also want to check your windows. In the end, if your windows are compromised in any way, the harder it will be for you to keep in the warm air, prevent your energy bills from rising, and stop your heating unit from working extra hard.