Maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your New Jersey home can be a year-round battle, but it’s especially tough during the winter months. That’s because air drafts and heat transfer through inefficient windows can force your home’s heating system to work overtime.
If you sometimes you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle when trying to keep your home warm during the winter, here are some window maintenance tips that will help:
Check the Weatherstripping
When it comes to preventing air drafts, caulking and weatherstripping are key. If the caulking around your windows has become dry and brittle, it’s likely not providing an airtight seal. Make sure you replace old and worn weatherstripping and reapply caulk where needed to keep the cold air out.
Clean Out the Tracks
If your window frames are full of dirt, leaves, and other debris, your windows likely aren’t providing an airtight seal when closed. Clean your windows thoroughly to help prevent this issue.
Will Shades Help?
Cellular shades are often used to help keep homes cooler in the summer by helping to keep out UV rays. However, they can also help during the winter by providing an extra layer of insulation for your windows that helps keep the cold out.
Replace Your Old Windows
Inefficient windows can be responsible for up to 30% of your home’s heating and cooling energy usage, so your best hope for improving your energy efficiency is to have high-performance replacement windows installed by Window & Door Outlet, Inc. We offer vinyl windows that are engineered to provide long-term thermal performance in the New Jersey climate, and we back them with a lifetime warranty that even covers glass breakage.
Contact Window & Door Outlet, Inc., today to schedule a free, in-home consultation.