Winter in Central Pennsylvania can be brutally cold. If it feels this way to us, imagine what windows and doors endure as they serve to protect homes from the winter weather that persists often well beyond March. With heating and utility costs on the rise, it’s more important than ever to ensure your home’s windows and doors are properly functioning and ready to take on the winter season. Keep reading for tips to prepare your home for colder weather so that you can enjoy this season as comfortably as possible.
Inspect the State of Your Windows and Doors
First and foremost, you want to be a “detective” in your own home. When the temperatures start to drop, be sure to schedule time to examine the windows and doors in your home. Look at them one-by-one to see if there has been any damage or changes over the past year. On a cold day, can you feel air coming through any gaps or openings? Are there cracks? Has the window or door begun to pull away from the casing? These are all issues that will lead to less than well-functioning windows that will become especially evident in the winter months.
Properly Address Any Gaps or Openings
With the intel of where your windows or doors may have issues, it’s time to address them! There are many products on the market that aim to help. Some are great, and others miss the mark. You’ll want to do your research, look at online reviews, and talk to experts who have experience in this area. What’s most important is that you’re aware of gaps and openings in your windows and doors and that you find the right solution to address each unique need. This brings us to…
Choose the Right Products to Meet Your Needs
There may not be a one-size-fits-all solution for gaps or openings in your windows and doors. Unless of course that solution is to invest in new ones! But if that’s not an option for you right now, do your research to learn how your style of window or door needs to be treated for the winter. This could require weather stripping, new caulking, or winterization kits. Alternative options also include adding cellular shades or thermal curtains to block the cold from windows. Sometimes the best solutions are a combination of any of these. You may need to play around a bit to find what’s right, so be sure to plan ahead and make this a priority to-do as you enter the winter season.
Consider the Return on Investment of Replacing Windows and Doors
It may feel like a very large investment to replace your home’s existing windows or doors. But it’s important to consider the long-term costs of not doing so, as well as the cost-savings of taking on this project. You just might find that the investment will pay for itself much sooner than expected! At HomeRite, we want to work with homeowners to give them as many options as possible and this includes special promotions like Buy Now, Pay Later or 8 for $88. By taking advantage of these options, combined with the ROI on a more efficient home, upgrading the windows and doors in your home might be a very reasonable investment!
Talk to a Professional
As you take notice of the function of your windows and doors this winter season, be sure to keep in mind that the experts at HomeRite are always happy to have a conversation with you about your options for windows and doors. Maybe you’re ready to invest in an upgrade for your home now, or maybe you just want some initial information as you begin to consider this option. Even if you simply need some advice on winterizing the existing windows and doors you have, we have answers! We’re passionate about sharing our expertise and want to see every homeowner live comfortably in their homes.
Ready to learn more? Give us a call today for a friendly and easy conversation about windows and doors – and how you can best prepare your home to thrive in the winter months!