Are you starting to have nightmares about how difficult it was to keep your home warm during the last winter season? If so, you should take the time to do something about it before the temperature drops this year. Specifically, you should strongly consider putting replacement windows in Tacoma, WA into place to insulate your home better. But if that’s not an option, you should, at the very least, do what you can to prepare your existing windows for the winter. Check out a few of the ways you can get your home’s windows ready for winter below.
Stand next to your windows and see if you feel a draft.
Are the old Tacoma, WA windows in your home drafty? If you aren’t sure, you should walk around on a cooler day and stand next to your windows to see. Windows that are drafty will usually feel cold when you stand near them. You’ll even feel a slight breeze when you’re close enough to them. By walking around in your home and standing near your windows, you can get a sense of just how drafty they are so that you can do something about it.
Make sure you’re able to close and lock your windows.
One of the ways to stop cold air from outside from leaking into your home through your windows is by closing and locking your windows at all times. This is easier said than done in some cases when you have older windows. Older windows sometimes have broken hardware on them that makes it impossible to lock them. If this is the case for any of your windows, you should repair them so that you’re able to close and lock them throughout the winter season. It’ll work wonders when it comes to keeping cold air out.
Take a look at the weatherstripping on your windows.
The windows in your home should have weatherstripping on them that’s designed to prevent cold air from sneaking into closed windows. But over time, it’s not uncommon for this weatherstripping to wear away and give homeowners fits. Check the weatherstripping that sits on the inside of your window sash as well as the weatherstripping that sits between your window sash and your window frame. If it doesn’t appear to be in good condition, think about replacing it right away.
Inspect the sealant on the outside of your windows.
Most of the preparations that you’ll need to do in order to winterize your home’s windows will be done inside your home. But there is at least one thing you’ll need to do outside of your home. On a nicer day in the fall, go outside and inspect the sealant that is situated around your windows. If the sealant is broken and not doing its job, you’ll need to have a window company come out to reseal your windows so that they don’t let cold air enter your home.
Going through an entire winter with old windows in your home is not fun. It’ll affect your home’s temperature and send your energy bills skyrocketing. Marine View Windows & Doors can perform Tacoma, WA window installation for you and put new windows into your home. It’ll stop the cold from wreaking havoc on your house this winter. Contact us at (253) 331-7151 to hear about the windows we have in stock or come talk to us about our window selection at 5005 Pacific Hwy E #17, Fife, WA 98424.