With our Minnesota headquarters located in one of the northernmost points of the continental U.S. we understand the impact of cold weather, snow, and ice on a home and the importance of winterizing windows and doors.
The last thing you want in the winter is cold air seeping in and your heating bill sky high because of it. Preparing your windows and doors for the coldest months of the year will help keep your home warmer and more energy efficient. Here’s how to do it.
How to Winterize a Door
As you may have guessed, winterizing your doors is the same as winterizing windows. Do a thorough cleaning and inspection in the fall, check for drafts, and check weatherstripping. In addition, keep doors locked whenever possible to ensure a tight seal and consider adding a draft guard or storm door in the harsher winter months.
Window Condensation in Winter
Don’t worry if you see condensation on your windows in the winter. Condensation is one sign that your windows are performing as designed and assisting with maintaining the temperature inside your home. To prevent sitting water, ensure your home maintains airflow and avoid blocking windows with heavy curtains, indoor plants or décor.
There are a few other ways to keep your home warm in the winter. If you live in an extremely cold climate or have single pane or drafty windows, a plastic window shrink kit can do wonders for keeping cold air out and warm air in. It also may mean it’s time to consider replacing your windows.
If your windows have curtains and/or blinds, open them while your home gets direct sunlight to let the light help warm your space. Be sure to close the curtains and blinds when it’s extra cold outside for an extra layer of protection.