Windows and doors are a very important part of a home’s climate control system. They may not be connected directly to a furnace or air conditioning unit, but they will influence the performance of each. Maintaining your doors and windows is a great way to cut down on utility bill costs and keep your home comfortable. What can you do to fortify your living space from the cold or heat?
- Inspect All Windows and Doors – All windows and doors in your home should be inspected regularly. Check your doors at least once or twice a year. Windows should be inspected once per season.
- Replace Weather Stripping Regularly – Weather stripping doesn’t last forever. Make sure you go over all weather stripping and replace any that are worn out. Intense sunlight can cause it to become brittle while moisture can cause rot.
- Caulk Gaps in Window Casings – Fill in all gaps in window casings with caulk. This will stop outside air from coming in and indoor air from escaping out. It will also help seal the window so that moisture can’t get inside.
- Check Door Frames for Moisture Damage – Inspect your door frames for moisture damage. This is especially important when maintaining wooden doors. Some places around your home may experience constant or frequent dampness, which can cause mold growth and rot.
- Keep Windows and Doors Clean – A little dust won’t necessarily affect the performance of a window or door, but it will make it harder to see damage. Keep yours clean so that you can quickly inspect for problems. Clear windows will let in more sunlight, which can be helpful to warm up your home in the winter.
If you need help with window and door maintenance or if you’re searching for a replacement, let us know. John’s Lumber in Clinton Twp. or Shelby Twp. can provide an accurate estimate with options that fit your budget and your household needs. If you are in the market, don’t miss our Andersen Windows & Patio Doors Sale September 19th– October 13th, 2018.