Fall is just around the corner! The leaves soon will turn the beautiful colors we look forward to seeing every year, which means it’s time to complete your fall window inspection checklist. It’s important to conduct a thorough inspection of your windows before winter and its accompanying ice and snow arrive. Being prepared and making sure your windows are snug and tight will help keep your home comfortable all winter long.
Important Steps to Prepare for Winter
So why is it so important to inspect your windows this fall? Mainly, it’s because they are a main source of heat loss. If you follow this fall window inspection checklist provided by Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA, your home will be much more energy-efficient this coming winter.
- Be on the lookout for drafts and cold spots. You can’t really see these issues, but you can definitely feel them! When temperatures have dropped somewhat but before the weather gets too cold, walk through your house and check for cold spots and drafts near your windows. If you discover a draft, upon close inspection, you may find that it’s caused by caulking that is deteriorating or a window frame that has started rotting.
- Check the caulking and weatherstripping around your windows. In addition, inspect all the doors, including your patio door if you have one, to make sure there’s an airtight seal around each of them.
- Look for gaps and cracks in your home’s structure. These can be found around window and door frames and in siding or brick cladding. While these tiny gaps may not seem like a big deal, when you add them all together, they can equal as much as three square feet of openings – which is basically the same as leaving a window open the entire winter!
- Inspect the windows to ensure they’re all securely locked. Just because a window is closed doesn’t necessarily mean it’s fitted within the frame properly. If it’s not, it won’t be able to seal correctly. That means the window will let in cold outdoor air and allow warm indoor air to escape.
Get Help From the Pros
Our fall window checklist can help you prepare for the colder weather ahead. If you notice any signs of serious structural damage around your windows that minor maintenance can’t fix, it may be time for replacement windows. Call our team at Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA for a free consultation and estimate for replacement windows for your home. Contact us at (610) 355-4055 or reach out online.