Kansas City winters can be harsh and unforgiving. This year, don’t let the outside weather determine how comfortable you are in your own home. There are many factors that determine the comfort of your home, but many are small and easily overlooked. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding’s President, Doug Bennett, lists off his top tips to keep your home cozy and comfortable this winter.
Add Attic Insulation
Having an attic without enough insulation is like having a cooler without a lid. All the cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter escapes from your home right through your attic. This drives up your utility bills and makes your home much less comfortable. Adding proper attic insulation is one of the most cost effective ways to boost the energy efficiency of your Kansas City home. One way to check if you have enough is to bring a yard stick up to your attic and stick it in your insulation. The lowest number that should be visible above the layers of insulation is 12”. If it is less than that ,call us. At All-Weather, we have the perfect quick and easy solution; All-Weather Air-Tite blown in cellulose insulation. Cellulose is safe, non-irritating, flame retardant, and resistant to moths and other insects that like to nest in insulation. Installation is usually very quick, with most homes finished with in half a day or less. Even though we can work quickly to insulate your attic, our technicians are very attentive and do an amazing job.
Reduce Window & Door Condensation
Condensation on windows and doors is often caused by poor insulation in these areas. It can also be a sign of high humidity levels. If your windows are in good shape but just have old glass, you might consider replacing the glass with more efficient energy saving low-E glass. If the condensation is between the panes, this is most likely due to a broken seal. We can replace the fogged glass with new clean class without having to replace the entire window in most cases.
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Replace Damaged Weather-Stripping
Weather-stripping is an effective way to seal those nooks and crannies around doors and windows. But if you are able to see sunlight peaking around your door, or it’s leaking cold air into your home, you might need to adjust the door or install new weather-stripping. Weather-stripping can get smashed over time and lose its effectiveness. We can service you door or weatherstripping, which is something many window, door and siding companies do not offer.
Make Sure Storm Windows Are Closed & Windows Are Locked
Storm windows add another layer to your home that cold breezes can’t penetrate. If yours are broken or missing, call our repair shop. We can repair your old ones, or make you new ones. If your sashes are not locked, the weatherstripping cannot do it’s job.
Close Fireplace Doors & Flue
Lastly, close the doors and flues to your fireplaces when they are not being used. This will help reduce the drafts and keep heat loss to a minimum. An open flue will suck the heat right up your chimney. But always check to make sure you open them before kindling up a fire. Closed fireplace flues, when a fire is burning, can cause smoke and ash to overcome your home.
Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding to increase the comfort of your home today at (913) 210 -8810 or (816) 673-2480.