December 20, 2022

How to Winterize Your Home

Well, it’s no surprise that winter is in full swing. By now we’ve warmed up our cars’ window scrapers, found last year’s mitten collection, and shoveled a few snowfalls. 

But now, as your local RBA team, we’ve got to ask: Have your windows and doors adjusted to these cold conditions? If you’re noticing any leaks, feeling chilly drafts, or just looking for ways to maintain your windows through the winter season, keep reading. 

Tip #1: Start by inspecting your windows and doors. 
Maybe you’ve already diagnosed a problem with a particular window. Or maybe you’re just taking care of some regular maintenance. Either way, a thorough inspection of the glass, hardware, tracks, and seals can go a long way. If any of these aforementioned parts are having issues, take note and create a list of all the windows and doors that need attention in your home.

Tip #2: Consider weather stripping. 
You don’t need to be a DIY pro to take advantage of this tip. Weatherstripping is easy to install and very effective in keeping out any drafts. In fact, according to Energy Star, weather stripping can save you up to 20% on heating costs. And it’s available at nearly all hardware stores!

Tip #3: Change out your window coverings.
Swapping out your window coverings, either temporarily or permanently, can also help the energy efficiency of your home. Try some thermal curtains if you’re looking to add style and function through the winter season. Or if you’re looking for a one-and-done solution, install some cellular shades to improve energy efficiency all year long. 

Tip #4: Cover basement window wells.
Basement window covers are a great way to keep drafts out while also helping your basement retain its heat. The covers cost as little as $20 and your energy bill (and wallet) will be sure to thank you!

Tip #5: Get storm doors.
Storm doors not only provide your home with a second layer of protection from the elements, they also preserve and extend the life of your main exterior doors. Plus, you’re in luck! RBA has plenty of beautiful storm door options to choose from. We promise they’ll make even the worst weather days feel a little better.

We know these Midwest winters can be tough on homes! Hopefully, these tips will help in maintaining your home and keeping energy costs down. And if you think your windows or doors are in need of replacement this winter, know that we’ve got the cold-weather installation process perfected and we’re always just a call away. 

Now, stay warm out there!
 

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