Winter in Wisconsin is like no other and we want to ensure your home’s windows and doors are ready to take on the frigid temperatures. Our winter checklist has a few steps you should take to prepare.
Check Your Weatherstripping
Properly installed weatherstripping around your windows and doors will reduce the amount of air that leaks. The weatherstripping material acts as a barrier to prevent the amount of cold air that can seep into your home. If you see daylight around the perimeter of a closed door or hear rattling of your windows, it’s a sign for replacement. Weatherstripping plays a large factor in reducing energy use and lowering monthly utility bills. According to ENERGY STAR®, it is important to “Seal air leaks throughout the house, focusing on leaks to the attic space, through the foundation, and around windows and doors to achieve a 25% reduction in total air infiltration.”*
Check for Cracks & Splits
Be sure to look for visible cracks around your door and window frames. Also, look for splits in the glass panes of your windows and doors. If you happen to notice moisture or fog between the panes, it is an indication of seal failure. Cracks can be caused by old-aged windows or unreliable windows and doors that often expand and contract, which leads to improper functioning of the product.
Check your Hardware
Carefully inspect all locks, handles, and opening mechanisms on your windows and doors. Signs of rust or broken hardware can cause air to leak into the home. Repairs or replacements made to hardware are crucial to prevent heat escaping.
Until you carefully examine all your windows and doors, you won’t know if you are due for a repair or full replacement. With Callen’s one and only window, Infinity® from Marvin®, and door, ProVia®, brands, you receiving ENERGY STAR-certified products. You’ll wish you’d have contacted us sooner as you quickly notice your energy bill decrease.
Do you need help with your winter checklist? Call Callen today at 414-867-2207 or complete our online submission form to request a FREE estimate!