This year’s Farmer’s Almanac is out and it predicts a colder, snowier winter than normal here in New England. That’s nothing we haven’t seen before! As seasoned New Englanders, we know how to prepare for winter’s wrath, and this year is no different. However, the key is to think ahead and be prepared for the worst. This is important not only for safety but also for saving on energy costs through this long cold winter. Here are some helpful home comfort tips.
Inspect Your Home
Walk through your home this fall and give it a once over. Make any necessary winter preparation repairs. Being proactive means you’ll lower your energy bills, boost the efficiency of your home, increase its life span, and make your property safer for occupants, says Bob Vila. Specifically, pay attention to your windows and doors.
- Check weather stripping for leaks, cracks and other failures. Replace if necessary.
- Install storm doors and safely store all screen doors for the winter.
- Check the exterior of your wooden window frames and look for signs of decay and rot. Replace the framing if necessary to preserve the structural integrity.
- Check for drafts at windows and doors.
- Inspect all windows for areas of concern, such as broken glass, cracks and gaps.
Consider the Age of Your Windows
If you find any areas of concern with your windows, you may wonder if it’s best to replace the caulking and weather stripping, or consider replacing your windows. Well, age has a lot to do with it. Most windows will last about 20 years, with many vinyl windows these days last up to 40 years. If you maintain them throughout the years, you will see a long life span out of the windows you choose.
If you’re closing in on the average life span for your windows, or you can’t even remember when you replaced them last, you may want to consider replacement. However, there are other factors that come into play here as well, such as fog and condensation buildup, lack of function, drafts and lowered efficiency.
Energy Efficiency in Winter
Take a look at last year’s winter energy bills. Compare them to previous years. Are you shelling out progressively more money for the same level of comfort? Do you notice drafts near windows and doors? Does your heating system kick on more often than you’d like, just to achieve the same comfort level? These concerns can all signal the need to update your windows.
Can you afford to spend even more money on wasted energy this winter? We didn’t think so. According to Energy.gov, a third of the average home’s heat loss happens through windows and doors. If you choose to install energy-efficient windows throughout your home, you’re saving $100 bucks per year on double pane windows and up to $450 per year replacing single pane windows.
For long-lasting value through this winter and many more to come, rely on Rescom Exteriors for windows that are built to withstand anything that the New England climate can throw at them. Call us today at 508-832-5202 before winter sets in!