How to Prepare Your Windows for Winter

oyioiooupThere are many things that you do in the fall to prepare your home for the winter months. One of the most important things that is often overlooked is winterizing your windows. Drafty windows can make your home uncomfortably cold, and cause your heater to work overtime – meaning higher utility costs. Here are the steps you can take to get your windows ready for winter.

Caulking

Caulking can wear down over time, so replacing the old caulk with a new, fresh coat can make a huge difference. Remove the old caulk with a stiff putty knife and clean the area. Next, apply the new caulk around the outside of the window.

Weather Stripping

Once you’ve refreshed the caulking on the outside of the window, apply weather stripping to the inside to further insulate the window. You can use adhesive-backed foam, tubular rubber-gasket weather stripping, a spring v-seal, or even felt.

Insulation Kits

You can also use window insulation kits, which seal drafty windows with shrink-wrapped plastic. You simply place over the window and use a blow dryer to seal it. Unlike the other winterizing methods, you won’t be able to open the window without removing the seal.

Even if you winterize your windows every winter, there may come a time where your windows are less and less effective at keeping drafts out. When this happens, contact Ace Home Improvements for window replacement in Dunkirk, MD and the surrounding areas.