There’s a brisk chill is in the air and early morning dew is on the lawn – these are the first signs that colder weather is on its way. Here are few basic home window maintenance tips to help save energy and protect your home against our soggy, cold West Coast climate. A bit of effort now could save you a lot of time and money later. By implementing just a few of these practical steps in advance, you’ll be better prepared to protect your home’s value, stay warm and reduce your heat consumption.
Doors and windows see a lot of traffic throughout the year, and since they are constantly exposed to the elements, it’s no surprise they require regular maintenance. Here are a few helpful tips that will help keep your home energy efficient for years to come.
Quite often, drafts are caused by worn out seals and gaskets, or dirt and debris. Be sure to clean all window surfaces, any form of blockage will prevent the window from closing properly. Doors and windows should always be firm and snug when closed.
Energy rated weather stripping is your first line of defence against the cold, and should be applied on door jambs and across the top (lintel) to provide an extra tight seal when closed. Older windows should be replaced as they are not only a source of energy loss, and they also pose a safety risk to your family. If a window rattles, it’s letting in cold air, and is likely not secured safely in the frame, as glass will become prone to breakage.
Cold drafts and/or mold growing around the edge of windows or door frames are a sign of a problem. If you have newer windows, you may want to consider insulation foam to minimize drafts and reduce energy loss.
Condensation can be a big problem with older homes with single-paned windows. Consider upgrading to double-paned, glazed insulated, vinyl frame windows. Wood and metal windows are poor insulators and condensation can lead to water damage to the window frame, sills, drywall, framing and insulation.
Addressing air leaks and cold air drafts through joints and cracks around doors, windows, and skylights can prevent significant energy loss from your home. Complete Windows in Parksville offers Canadian made, ENERGY STAR rated, windows and doors engineered with leading window glass technology backed by the best customer service on Vancouver Island.
With over 30 years in the business, you can expect top-notch quality and style, great customer service, meaningful sustainability initiatives, a high focus on safety and durability, and so much more.
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