|Deal with drafty doors and windows|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 07 November 2013 09:15|
With temperatures dropping, now is the time to improve the home's energy efficiency. Drafty windows and doors can increase heating and cooling costs.
The typical American household spends $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half spent on heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star.
"Completing an annual home walk-around is a great way to check for potential maintenance needs and home improvements," said Kathy Krafka Harkema, spokesperson for Pella Windows and Doors. "Look for leaks, feel for drafts, and replace or repair worn or broken items to help avoid more costly damage."
What to look for:
• Inspect interior and exterior finishes and the space around them. Is the paint or stain in good condition? Signs of flaking and peeling, or water stains may mean that it's time to refinish or replace the window or door.
• Check windowsills and door tracks for dirt and debris, like sand, leaves, insects or pine needles that could hamper the operation and performance of windows and doors. Remove debris by sweeping out the area.
• Check weather stripping around windows and doors, reattaching or replacing loose or torn pieces.
• Feel for uneven sliding and sticking when you open or close a window. Use a non-oily lubricant, like paraffin wax to help reduce sticking.
• Replace broken or inoperable windows and doors with safer, more energy-efficient ones.
(Courtesy of Brandpoint)
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