The fall is an excellent time to perform an inspection on your home to make sure your windows are in good working order or if they need to be replaced. Heating and cooling costs account for nearly half of the amount the typical American household spends on energy bills each year, and you’ll want to take steps to deal with any drafty windows and doors right away.
Go around your home to look for leaks and feel for drafts around your windows and doors. If you find any areas of concerns, you can repair or replace them before you incur more costly damage to your home.
How to Inspect Windows and Doors
- Look at the interior and exterior finishes and the stain around them to check for flaking and peeling. These signs may indicate that you may need to refinish the trim or replace the window or door.
- Check the window sills and door tracks for dirt and debris and give them a good cleaning by gently seeping out the area with a soft, dry brush. Vacuum out the area thoroughly to remove any remaining particles that could interfere with performance.
- Check the weather stripping around windows and doors. Replace loose or torn pieces as necessary.
- If any of your windows or doors are broken, replace them with safe, energy-efficient ones. If any of them do not open or close easily, they could pose a safety risk in case of fire.
Signs you need to replace your windows or doors include the following:
- Fogging, or condensation between panes of glass
- Water stains around the wall or floor area near the window or door
- Single-pane windows are less energy efficient than double or triple-pane models and should be replaced.
- If replacement parts for doors and windows are no longer available, then it’s time for an update.
If the results of your fall inspection shows one or more doors or windows that need to be replaced give us a call or stop by our showroom to view our selection of new windows and doors.