20 Sep 5 Steps To Prepare Your Windows And Doors For Autumn
Autumn is approaching soon, which means your home will be chilly, and your windows and doors will be in need of some TLC. We have created 5 steps to prepare your windows and doors for autumn. It’s time to take action! Don’t wait until the cold weather hits you like a ton of bricks! By taking these steps now, you will be ready to embrace autumn without worrying about high energy bills or cold drafts in your home. So, grab a warm sweater and a pumpkin spice latte and get started today!
1. Inspect window screens for any damage and repair or replace as needed
Before autumn starts, it’s important to inspect your windows for any damage. Check your window screens for tears, holes, or loose frames. If you do find any damage, repair it using a patch kit, or replace the entire screen if necessary. Ensure that the screens fit securely in the window frames to keep bugs out.
2. Clean windows and doors thoroughly
Although the warm air and sun will be missed, the debris will not be missed! Remove dirt, dust, and debris that has accumulated during summer on windows and doors. A thorough cleaning helps improve visibility through windows and enhances the overall appearance of your home.
3. Lubricate door hinges and locks to ensure smooth operation
In the summertime, people are constantly walking in and out of entry doors, thus wearing them down. Before fall starts, apply a lubricant spray or oil to door hinges to prevent squeaking and to ensure they swing smoothly. If you notice problems with your door locks, use graphite powder or silicone spray to keep them functioning properly. Last, make sure to test each door’s movement and lock mechanism after lubrication. If there still seems to be an operation issue, call a professional door repair service.
4. Install draft stoppers or door sweeps to prevent cold air from entering under doors
With the onset of autumn, we also experience a drop in temperature. Because of the cold weather, it’s crucial to install draft stoppers or door sweeps to prevent the cool air from entering under doors. Measure the width of each door and purchase suitable draft stoppers or sweeps. Then, attach them along the bottom edge of the doors using adhesive strips or screws. Ensure a snug fit to prevent as much cold air as possible from seeping through.
5. Apply window film or thermal curtains to improve energy efficiency
To improve energy efficiency in your house, install storm windows, or apply window film or thermal curtains. Clean windows thoroughly before applying any film for better adhesion. Next, measure each window’s dimensions accurately and cut the film accordingly. Finally, apply the film following manufacturer instructions, smoothing out any bubbles as you go. Alternatively, hang thermal curtains that provide insulation by trapping heat inside during colder months. These measures help retain heat inside your home while also reducing energy consumption.
Now that you know 5 steps to prepare your windows and doors for autumn, you are well-equipped to enhance your home’s comfort and energy efficiency during the chilly months ahead. By ensuring proper window and door installation and regular maintenance, you can keep the chilly drafts at bay and enjoy a cozy atmosphere indoors.
The Canada Greener Homes Grant gives you money back for making your home more energy efficient. Upgrading your windows and doors for autumn may be the right choice for improving the energy efficiency in your home. With the Canada Greener Homes Grant, you can receive a rebate of up to $5000.
If you are looking to repair any windows and doors, Quality Home Improvements can help! Serving the Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering and Whitby areas, Quality Home Improvements has been improving homes in the Durham region for over 30 years! For a free quote, call 905.721.7519 or fill out our Online Request Form.