When it comes to the winter season, we aren’t just mulling over holiday plans or ticking off gift items on checklists. We’re hoping to keep heat in and cold out, bundled in a picture-perfect quilt with a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace.
Keeping warm is more than scheduling a seasonal inspection of your HVAC system. You’ll also want to ensure that your doors and windows are in good working order. Here’s how.
Among the entrances in your home, you’re likely going to utilize your front door most. Considering the number of times you and your family members have turned that particular knob, you won’t want to overlook any wear and tear. Consider replacing your entry door with a new one come the winter season.
If you’re feeling a draft by your doors and windows, there may be gaps around the edges or ill-fitting frames. When worse comes to worst, draft-stoppers nor film are going to do the trick. Shop for new fixtures that fit snugly within built-in frames.
Though it may seem intuitive, you never know when the rush of the holiday season will mean forgetting to latch a window shut. Similarly, if you need an added pull to keep your door closed, it may be time to replace it.
A years-old door that jambs will allow a tremendous amount of heat to escape your interior. Avoid the anticipated tundra by adding a brand-new door to your holiday shopping list.
Winters are harsh—depending on where you live, some are harsher. A storm door may be the added layer your entryway needs, as they can withstand heavy rains, snow, and hail. If there are gaps between your entry door and the surface, a storm door will take care of this stubborn bottom sweep.
Not to mention, they up your curb appeal, allowing natural light into your home and complementing your entry door.
Many homeowners will overlook reinforcing their garage door, which is still a means for heat to escape and cold to penetrate. Winter-proof your garage door with some added insulation.
There are many ways to draft-proof your home entrances. Though we always recommend consulting a professional, the occasional DIY solution can go a long way. Seal drafty doors and windows with weatherstripping or installing new sweeps.
Alternatively, you can incorporate foam tape or insulation. Do your windows call for added protection? Shrink window film along frames with a blow dryer. Last but not least, hang up insulated curtains that might be gathering dust in your attic.
The wind isn’t penetrating your home—but it is noisy. If you aren’t getting your full eight hours, equip your home with an internal wind load reinforcement system.
As the winter season approaches, you can always expect one thing—unpredictable weather. While the upcoming snowfall may appear mild, it’s best to prepare with additional insulation and necessary replacements.
If you’re seeking exterior door installation in Edmonton, look no further than MCM Home Exteriors. We strive to provide top-tier protection throughout the seasons and work to lower your energy bills. Contact us in preparation for the winter, and we’ll offer more than just a door.