As the UK winter approaches, it’s time to prepare your home for the chill and the seasonal storms (if you haven’t already noticed, we’ve been experiencing some very volatile weather).
One crucial aspect of winter preparation is ensuring your windows are up to the task of keeping your home warm and energy-efficient during the colder seasons. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of winter-proofing your windows to keep your home cosy and energy-efficient this coming winter.
Step 1: Thorough Inspection
Before you start winter-proofing your windows, it’s a good idea to walk through a detailed inspection. Look for any visible signs of damage, such as cracks, gaps, or rotten wood (if your windows are timber). Inspect the caulking and weatherstripping for wear and tear. Pay close attention to the condition of the glazing and the window frames and if you can, have a look at your windows from both inside and outside.
Step 2: Give Your Windows a Good Clean
We’ve written a whole guide on that here, but you want to make sure the inner frames of your windows are cleaned and well lubricated. This will make for better alignment and easier closing, meaning that your window seals continue to do their job properly.
Step 3: Repair and Replace Where Necessary
After a thorough inspection, address any issues you’ve identified. Get any small cracks or gaps around your window repaired with high-quality caulk. If your windows have damaged frames or rotting wood, it’s a sign your windows have already seen their best years and you might need to consider replacing them.
Step 4: Check the Seals
Double-check the seals around your windows. Damaged seals can allow moisture and cold air to penetrate, leading to condensation and even mould growth. Replace any damaged seals as soon as poss.
Step 5: Keep the Hardware in Check
Ensure that all window locks, handles, and hinges are in proper working condition. Tighten any loose hardware to ensure a secure seal when your windows are closed.
Step 6: Consider Window Treatments
Heavy curtains or blinds can help insulate your windows and keep the cold at bay. If your current window treatments are on the light side, opt for thermal or blackout curtains that have insulating properties. They not only keep your home warmer but also add a cosy touch to your interior decor.
Step 7: Maintain Proper Ventilation
While it’s important to keep your home warm in the winter, it’s also crucial to maintain proper ventilation to prevent condensation and indoor air quality issues. Use trickle vents or open windows briefly to allow fresh air to circulate, and wipe away any condensation when you notice it.
Step 8: Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Windows
Older windows might have single-pane glass, which offers minimal insulation. If your windows are older than they care to admit (do windows have feelings?!) or have just seen better days, consider upgrading to modern windows with double or triple-glazed windows. Modern windows with double or triple glazing provide excellent insulation and reduce heat transfer.
Winter-proofing your windows is a vital step in preparing your home for the UK’s colder months. A well-insulated home not only keeps you warm and cosy but also reduces energy costs. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that your windows are in top condition, providing you with comfort and savings as the winter weather sets in. If it’s time for new windows, contact us for more information and a no obligation quote.