Fall is coming to a close and it is time to prepare for when the season changes. Even though temperature changes might seem mild in Arizona, you still want to prepare your home to keep warm air in and cold air out. Windows, because they are the weakest link in your exterior envelope, should be a top priority if you want to save energy. Preparing your windows for the cooler temperatures includes checking for drafts, installing caulk or weather stripping, and repairing or getting replacement windows in Mesa, AZ. These are some steps you can follow:
Remove Temporary Screens
If you have temporary screens on your windows or doors it is time to remove them. You probably won’t be needing them as the weather turns. And moving them to storage can prolong the life of your screens.
Clean Windows Inside and Out
Take an opportunity to thoroughly clean your windows, both inside and out. Use mild detergent and warm water to wash dirt and debris. Work quickly so water does not drip down and collect in the frame. Use a standard glass cleaner on the panes. Do not use harsh chemicals, abrasives, or power washers on your windows. These do more harm than good.
Inspect for Damage
Check the inside and outside of your windows for signs of warping, rot, mold, pest infestation, or damage. Some damage can be repaired with sanding and refinishing. But extensive damage will require more work or even replacement windows.
Check for Drafts
To reduce energy consumption you want to make sure the cold air remains outside. If you feel a draft you will want to repair it right away. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to find the opening. For drafts that are difficult to detect you can use a smoke test. Close and latch all windows and doors in your home. Turn on the exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen. Then light an incense stick and run it around the edges of your windows. If the smoke pulls towards you, travel inward, you have found an air leak.
Repair and Caulk Seals
Summer in Arizona can dry out exterior caulk. To prepare for winter you want to check the seals on every entry point for dry or damaged caulk. Damaged seals allow air to easily seep through, and can also lead to water damage. If you notice gaps or openings or areas exposed to a lot of sunlight remove the old caulk and apply a new line.
Install Weather Stripping
Damaged weather stripping is another way air can leak into the home and up heating costs. Check all weather stripping, on windows and doors. Place a piece of paper under the door or window and close it. Then try to move it. If it slides easily the weather stripping is too loose or damaged.
Repair Cracks of Damage
If you notice a cracked pane or damaged frame, don’t put off repairs. The moisture leaks can lead to more significant damage.
Invest in Replacement Windows
If the damage is beyond repair you will need to get replacement windows. Upgrading to double pane windows with inert gas sealed between the panes will boost your energy savings and significantly reduce air leakage.
Looking for replacement windows in Mesa, AZ? Contact Freelite for a hassle-free quote and consultation. Call (602) 233-1981 to set up your appointment with one of our experts. Or stop by 331 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003.