Prepare for Winter in Utah: Part Two – Windows

Between the snow, salt, rain and mud, your windows will take a comprehensive beating during winter, not to mention the fact that colder weather results in higher heating bills. Prepare now to preserve your windows and save money on utilities during the colder months following our easy seven-step guide.

 

1          Clear window sills of dirt and debris. Debris like sand, dirt or leaves can get caught in windowsills and moving parts of windows or doors. Clean these areas with a dry, firm-bristled paintbrush, to allow your windows to create the tight seal they were designed to and to enhance window and door performance.

 

2          Check weather stripping. Loose weather-stripping can let cold air in during the winter and out in the summer, which can vastly affect your energy efficiency. Re-attach or replace missing or worn weather stripping around windows and doors.

 

3          Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Reseal the areas around windows and doors that may have been exposed to heavy weather or extreme sunlight (we get both in Utah), creating breaks in caulk or sealant, to help cut down on potential drafts and leaks.

 

4          Installing snap-in blinds or shades. Installing snap-in blinds or shades can help to insulate your home from cold exterior temperatures.

 

5          Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Water penetration can cause cracked or deteriorated wood, potentially allowing moisture or cold air to leak into your home. Go over your windows and sills carefully to look for signs of moisture leakage and then replace any damaged wood. BCS Utah can recommend a professional to help correct any roof or drainage problems around your home.

 

6          Install storm doors. Storm doors do just what they say on the tin, so to speak, adding an extra layer of protection and helping to reduce air and moisture leakage. Adding a storm door can reduce energy loss through entryways by as much as 45 percent – well worth looking into.

 

7          Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have single-pane glass, clear glass, or older windows or doors, you may be paying more than you need to to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer. Replace old windows with energy-efficient, double or triple-pane glass versions made with insulating argon, or install new durable fiberglass doors to help save money and energy year-round.

 

The window-cleaning experts at BCS Cleaning Utah are standing by to help you get your windows Winter-ready. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE window evaluation.

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