With the warm months upon us again, it’s important to know that our homes’ windows and doors are in good shape. The reason behind this is two-pronged: The windows and doors of our homes are major factors that influence the energy efficiency of our homes, and therefore also affect just how comfortable your home is in the midst of the summer heat. Weakened doors and windows also pose a security risk.
Through the simple act of visually inspecting their doors and windows Omaha residents can go a long way towards assuring themselves of the safety and comfort of their homes. Here are some pointers on how to tell if your doors or windows need replacing.
- Drafts in your home – As your doors and windows age, the seals on them will eventually wear out. If you can feel a draft when you sit or stand beside a door or window, then your door or window probably needs replacing.
- Difficulty in operation – Another symptom of an aging door or window, this could also be caused by damage to the mechanism of the door or window itself. Nevertheless, a door or window that you have difficulty manipulating is a door or window that, for some reason or other, is not operating properly; chances are that the security of that door or window is compromised, posing a safety risk.
- Squeaky hinges – This can be a sign that the door itself is as worn as the hinges, particularly if the hinges continue to squeak despite oiling and maintenance. Loose, squeaky hinges indicate a door that in all likelihood can be forced, posing a security risk to your home.
- Visible cracks – Whether in the door or window frame or the main body itself, visible cracks are a sign that your door or window frame is structurally weak, posing both a safety and security concern for you and your family.
By taking the time to verify that your doors and windows are in good working order, not only are you able to assure yourself of the safety and security of your home, but you also contribute to keeping your home comfortable during the summer. Andersen windows in Omaha are designed specifically to help seal homes against the elements, keeping the warm air out in the summer while keeping it in during the winter.
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