Get Your Home Ready for Winter
Summer was a great season, wasn’t it? (Some level of sarcasm included here, based on the level of wildfire activity that we saw). That said, it was a great season to get outside, enjoy each other’s company and open your windows and doors. Now, unfortunately, the tables have turned. We are ready to close said-windows and doors and gear your home or business up for less optimal weather ahead. Granted, Mother Nature can be fickle, so you never know exactly what she’s going to provide. In the minds of the Valley Windows team, you can never be *too well* set up for success, so we like to stay ahead of the game. When we know that the weather may change or that there are events on the horizon that may impact your daily routines at home, we want to be the first ones to alert you. Enter – the Valley Windows blog. Some may watch the news, but in this digital age, we know that Websites and blogs like ours can be the most vital of resources for our most valuable asset – our customers. Check out the blog on a regular basis and just see what you can learn.
Today, that means that we’re taking a deep look at the transition of seasons and how that can affect your homes. You probably know that the Valley Windows team is committed to providing you a better view. Let’s make sure that that stays the case, heading into colder months. Read on for more information specific to this year.
The main thing that you’ll have to worry about is condensation. Based on the aforementioned fire-related comment, you’d think that this is something that we’d be excited about, but moisture can have a domino effect on every other element of your home. Consider investing in storm windows; we learned from the Natural Resources Defense Council that storm windows can reduce heat loss between 25 and 50 percent. That’s a big number!
Here’s your fun fact for the day: did you know about one third of the heat that your home loses is due to air gaps in doors and windows? Air gaps are inevitable over time, and not something that you should stress about. That being said, the Valley Windows team recommends that you use waterproof caulking and / or weather stripping in order to help block these gaps, ensuring that you keep the heat inside of your home or business – right where it belongs.
Materials like window insulation foam can also be hugely helpful; it’s a part of an industry that’s changing and evolving every year as we learn new scientific discoveries. Move.org shares: “Window film creates an insulating barrier between the interior of your apartment and your windows. Kits typically include plastic shrink film that you apply to the indoor window frame using double-sided sticky tape. Simply heat the film with a hair dryer to shrink it and remove wrinkles.” Learn more here.
Questions? We’re here and will be all year.