Doing an annual, pre-winter check up can do a lot for your home both in the short and long term.
A great way to winterize your doors is with weather stripping. It can go a long way to stopping drafts. If you already have weather stripping installed, check it every fall and spring for wearing and gaps, and replace if needed.
Check the caulking around your doors. Caulking shrinks and gaps can be created that would allow heat to escape and cold to get in. Caulking can also be used to fill any gaps in and around your door frame. Add a draft guard between the bottom of the door and the threshold.
Inspect the caulking of your windows and fill any gaps you find. Look for condensation between the panes of thermal windows. This means the seal has been compromised and the gas has escaped. You could consider new glass or new windows.
If you hear unusual sounds — like squeaking, squealing, grinding, a struggling motor, or if your garage door just sounds off, it is time to investigate.
REMEMBER: Keep everything lubricated–rubber seals between door panels, seals along the bottom of the door and around the frame and all moving metal parts. Make sure the bottom of your door is parallel to the ground and check that your garage door opens and closes smoothly and is not lurching or hesitating at any point.
- Inspect doors and windows for leaks and gaps. Leaks and gaps on doors and windows are the biggest sources of cold air getting inside your home.
- Check your furnace.
- Clean out your gutters and protect your garden.
- Get your garage in order and tune up your snowblower.