How to Prep Your Windows for the Fall

September 14, 2021

It might be hard to believe, but summer has come to a close and it’s time to start getting ready for colder temperatures and rainy weather. One of the most important things for homeowners to do before the fall is prep windows for the seasonal change. Windows play an essential role in protecting homes from water damage and maintaining a comfortable temperature, so it’s worth it to make sure they’re in the best possible condition before fall rolls around. Keep reading for tips to prep your windows for the fall.

Fall window preparation tips

Preparing your windows for the fall season offers plenty of benefits, including improved efficiency, better curb appeal and greater comfort during the colder months. Here’s how you can get your windows ready:

  • Inspect your windows: The first thing to do when preparing your windows for fall is inspect and check them for obvious signs of damage or issues that require repair. This will give you a better idea of what needs to be done to make sure they’re ready for the cold, rainy weather. Take note of any obvious problems, like foggy glass in insulated windows or deteriorated weather-stripping around window frames.
  • Check for leaks and drafts: After inspecting your windows for obvious signs of damage, take some time to assess whether there are any particularly drafty or leaky windows. It can be difficult to detect drafts when the weather is still warm outside, so wait until the morning when the temperature is cooler. To detect a draft, light a match or lighter in front of a window and watch to see if the flame flickers. If it does, it shows there’s airflow coming through the window and creating a draft.
  • Clean windows: Once you have a better idea of the condition of your windows, take some time to clean them thoroughly. Cleaning your windows can make a huge difference in how they look and increase the amount of natural light that passes through them. In addition, cleaning gunk and residue off your window frames and mechanisms can promote better performance and increased longevity.
  • Repair or replace damaged windows: Finally, it’s important to take action if your windows are showing signs of damage. Damaged windows aren’t just an eyesore, they can also take a huge toll on the efficiency of your HVAC system and make it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature during the fall and winter months. Even if your windows are still in one piece, consider replacing any that are old or outdated. Replacing old windows with newer energy-efficient models is a great way to boost energy efficiency, improve curb appeal, optimize comfort and increase your home value.

Learn more about window repair and replacement

For professional help with getting your home ready for the fall, reach out to Wes-Kan Siding Windows & Doors. We offer a wide range of services, including professional window repair and replacement. Whether you’re concerned about a draft coming from one of your windows or you’re interested in replacing all your home’s windows to boost your energy efficiency and maintain a comfortable temperature in your home this fall and winter, our team is here to help. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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