For many families in Columbus, winter is one of the most challenging times of year. With brisk temperatures and the occasional blustery snowstorm, most people spend the long winter months nestled inside the warmth of their homes.
But staying cozy during the Ohio winter requires more than just a functioning heater. To keep your home interior comfortable and avoid those notoriously sky-high heating bills, you also need to WINTERIZE AND MAINTAIN YOUR HOME’S WINDOWS.
Not sure how to make the most of your energy-efficient windows? Keep reading for some simple tips!
HOW TO PREPARE AND MAINTAIN YOUR ENERGY-EFFICIENT WINDOWS FOR WINTER
There’s no doubt about it: winter can be tough on your Columbus home. Help your windows perform to their highest ability by following these five strategies:
1. CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS WELL.
You’ve heard of spring cleaning…but what about winter cleaning? It may seem unnecessary, but cleaning your windows is the first step to preparing your windows for the cold.
Cleaning not only removes filmy dirt and built-up debris to let more solar heat pass through, but it will also help you identify any vulnerable spots in the frame, weatherstripping, or sill.
2. MAINTAIN YOUR WINDOW SEALS.
Once you’ve cleaned your bay windows and other house windows, you’ll probably have noticed a few areas that need improvement. Even if the problem seems small, it’s important to go ahead and take care of it before the worst of the winter comes.
Depending on the severity of the cracks or gaps, you can choose any number of ways to address them:
· Add caulking or rubber weatherstripping.
· Install temporary plastic insulation.
· Place rolled-up towels or draft snakes along the window sills.
· Call a replacement window company for a more permanent solution.
3. ADD WINTER WINDOW TREATMENTS.
Another cost-effective means of sealing out the cold actually has nothing to do with the windows themselves—but rather the window treatments! By switching out lightweight curtains with a thicker, darker-colored material, you’ll add an extra-insulating barrier to the outside cold.
4. REDUCE ICE.
To keep your windows from freezing shut (or freezing and causing excessive condensation or moisture build-up), spray the outside pane with a store-bought de-icer. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the product, and never use the spray indoors.
5. UPGRADE TO REPLACEMENT WINDOWS.
While the above-mentioned tips will certainly help your existing windows perform better, there’s only so much that can be done to outdated or overly worn-down windows. For the most effective insulation and lowest energy expenses, it might be time to consider a Columbus window replacement.
At IMPROVEIT HOME REMODELING, we’ve been installing some of the industry’s most energy-efficient windows in homes across Ohio for nearly 30 years. Built with innovative glass panes, spacers, and frames, our replacement windows are “custom-climatized” to keep your home warmer throughout all the winter months!
Find out how our local replacement window company can better equip your home for the Ohio winter by getting in touch now. Call to learn more about our many window replacement options, or go ahead and request your free in-home estimate by completing our quick online form today.