People all across the Valley are getting their homes ready for warmer weather by cracking open their windows to let the fresh air blow away the remains of winter. As you ready your house, it's a good time to review and apply these tips to make sure occupants, especially children, are safe around an open window.
If you've made the decision to replace your home's windows—congratulations! You are on your way to saving energy, lower electric bills and an updated look for your home. If you hired a professional company to replace one or all of your windows, take some time to prepare your home for the workers arrival and the tasks that will be completed. Here are some tips to make this upgrade go as smoothly as possible.
Clear the Area
Making the area as accessible as possible is your first step. Move all furniture, tables, lamps, etc away from the window being replaced. Clear any clutter off of nearby floors and don't leave anything on staircases or steps. If your whole house is getting new windows, you may want to consider renting a small storage container that can be left on your property.
Outside your home, remove any décor you may have hanging on or around your windows. Clear away lawn furniture or decorative items like bird baths, flags or your favorite garden gnome. The company may need room for ladders and scaffolding if they are accessing a second story window.
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth.
“Put a sweater on!”…Was that ever your parents response when you told them you were cold? It's only now, as a seasoned homeowner, that I realize they kept the thermostat low so their monthly electric bill would not shock them when it arrived. Keeping those cold drafts from creeping into your home is a challenge this time of year. Let's explore some ways to keep the warmth in, so you don't have to wear 5 sweaters at one time!
About 25% of your heat escapes your home via the roof, so examining your attic or any crawl space is important. If you've had any water leaks or work done to your roof this past year, you should also check to make sure mold is not present in the insulation as well. As time progresses, insulation does settle and becomes less effective, even the foam type can condense as the years go by. A good rule of thumb is to have between 10 and 16 inches of insulation in these spaces. If your assessment comes up short, the do-it-yourself-er can head to the home store and purchase the additional material needed. If you don't feel confident walking around the rafters, see if a friend can recommend a company to assist you.