With the cold season upon us many of you have started to prepare your outdoors for the winter season. Your honey dew list consists of putting away the hoses, draining exterior faucets, lining exposed pipes, turning off the sprinkler system and winterizing your plants, but has checking your windows been part of that routine?
Checking your windows on an annual basis can make sure they look and perform as lovely as the day you had them installed. High quality and well-maintained windows could last you up to 20 years or more, but there are factors like weather that can play a part in the lifetime. Here are a few tips on what you should be checking:
- Check the sealant around the outside of your windows – it should be intact with no disruption in any way. Gaps around your window allow air to come in and encourage loss of warm air from within.
- Check the weather stripping – is it even?
- Does your window lock properly? You maybe letting in cold air when your windows are unlocked.
- Is there condensation or frost build up in your double or triple-paned windows? This could indicate that the seal has failed and needs to be replaced
- Use a metal to check the condition of your frame and sash, look for signs of rot. A failed seal reduces the insulation capacity of your windows.