As the weather gets colder, it’s more important than ever to check your windows. Your windows insulate your home from the elements and keep out drafts. Having well-insulated windows doesn’t just keep your home at a comfortable temperature. It also helps you save money on your energy bills since it takes less energy to heat or cool your home.

If you’re worried your windows are less than stellar, or aren’t insulating your home like they should, here are a few signs to check for before winter arrives.

1. Check the caulking

The caulking is what keeps your windows snug in place and keep drafts out of your home. Old, cracking, and busted caulk can let cold air in and is a common culprit in window drafts. If you’re replacing the caulk yourself, be sure you’re using a long-lasting silicone caulk, a caulking gun, and that you clear away all the old caulk, dust, and debris before applying new caulk. Read the package and ensure you give the caulk enough time to dry too.

2. Inspect weatherstripping

Old, worn-out, damaged weatherstripping can let cold air in. To keep your home comfortable, ensure your weatherstripping isn’t busted. Older windows might not have weatherstripping, or might have older, DIY weatherstripping that’s misplaced.

3. See any cracks?

Cracks in the windows can be obvious. Cracks around the windows can be harder to spot. If you still feel a draft around our windows but have ruled out the caulking and weatherstripping, a crack in the walls around the windows, or a warped window siding can lead to drafts and a colder home that’s more expensive to heat.

In the meantime

While you’re waiting to replace your windows, weather-proof your window instead of cranking the thermostat – your wallet will thank you! While you’re waiting for a window replacement, you can use window insulation film, bubble wrap, draft stoppers or insulated curtains to keep cold drafts out. And, research windows that will stand up to all four seasons for years and years.

Don’t want to wait until winter? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to set up an appointment. Hurry though, as appointments book fast in the fall. Receive a free estimate too.