If you’re not a fan of winter, you won’t want to read this: The first day of winter is one month away (Thursday, December 21).
And around the communities Fasada serves, the average temperatures are flat-out cold:
Otherwise, heat will escape, you’ll be freezing and you won’t save any money on your heating bills either.
So before Old Man Winter arrives in full force, make sure your windows and doors are ready for him.
It can’t be helped: Each time you open and close things like exterior French doors in winter, heat will escape from your house.
But when your doors are closed, there should be little to no heat loss whatsoever.
So right now is the ideal time to locate and repair any issues before it gets really wintry out there.
The first thing you should do is look for leaks. Any draft – no matter how tiny – is a weak point where cold air will get in.
Other things you can do include:
- Replace the weather-stripping: An easy fix. The weather stripping around your door is designed to keep you comfortable inside. If it looks worn or tattered, simply replace it.
- Get new patio doors: If your patio sliding doors are older, they may not close or seal properly. Today’s patio doors are stylish with tremendous energy savings your current doors can’t match.
- Adjust the hinges: When was the last time you tightened the hinges? Even if they don’t look out of place, a few millimeters here and there can result in lost warm air.
- Cover unused doors in plastic: If you have doors you won’t be using in winter (like garden doors), cover them in plastic. That creates an extra barrier to prevent thermal heat loss.
Regarding that last bullet point, if you don’t want to cover your doors in plastic, you can always purchase a heavy curtain or other drapery which better suits the style and décor of the room.
Inefficient windows are the number one culprit behind energy and heat loss in winter (especially if other areas of your home are already well-insulated, like ceilings, floors and walls).
And because your windows will (likely) remain shut during the winter, you’ll want to get them winter-ready sooner rather than later.
After all, the last thing you want is a small leak to become a big one in January, only to have it almost impossible to repair.
- Get double-glazed windows: Old single-glazed windows lets heat escape through the glass. A custom window with double-glazing creates an extra insulating gas layer to keep warm air in.
- Modern window coverings: Modern California shutters, blinds and curtains which are thick and made to fit reduces heat loss by sealing any cold air movement occurring between the window and the room.
- Caulk your windows: When was the last time you applied caulking? Fill cracks, seal gaps and strengthen joints with weatherproof caulk.
- Install Low E windows: Vinylbilt Low E windows are specifically designed to reflect heat trying to escape back into a room. In fact, Low E windows can increase energy efficiency by 40%.
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By nature, garages tend to be cold; especially in the winter.
That doesn’t mean copious amounts of heat should escape through your garage doors either.
It can be tricky to spot exactly where your garage is losing heat, but there are some things you can look for and areas to inspect.
- Insulation: Are your garage doors well-insulated (if at all?). In most homes, they’re not. But if you’re going to spend time in the garage in winter, it makes sense to insulate the doors.
- Weather-stripping: Garage doors get a lot of snow and wind exposure. The smallest gap between the bottom of the door and the garage floor can reduce warm air significantly.
- Get a high R value garage door: The higher the R value, the more energy efficient your garage door is. Ideally, something with an R value of 15 will better keep heat in your garage.
Now, if you aren’t planning to spend much time in your garage in winter – or if your garage is detached from your home – you may not need to invest in a heat-saving door. The choice is yours.
Let us help keep your home warm this winter
Doors and windows are the main sources of energy loss during the cold winter months.
Usually, that’s because they’re either too old or aren’t sealed or installed properly.
If you’ve been thinking about replacing your doors or windows, do it now and enjoy the aesthetic and heat-saving benefits prior to winter’s arrival.
Simply contact us with any questions you have or request a FREE quote on the door or window products you’re interested in.