Growing up, some of us might have memories of staring out the door or window at the stars, imagining traveling to a different universe, or just enjoying the feel of cold air on our skin. Maybe we enjoyed opening the door to blow bubbles outside and watch them freeze; or making small snowmen on the front stairs in your pajamas. Maybe we threw boiling hot water outside and enjoyed watching it fall to the ground as snowflakes. Either way, most of those memories probably include parents yelling at us to "Close the window!", or "Shut the door! Don't let all the cold air in!!"
At the time, statements such as these from our parents might have seemed like it was designed to stifle our creativity or our imagination. In reality, it was just an effort on our parent's part to keep all the expensive heat from going out the window or door.
Nowadays, we don't need to be reminded to close the door or window when it's cold outside (high electric bills are reminder enough). But are the windows and doors keeping the cold air out like they should?
Drafty windows or doors are never a good sign. Over longer periods of time, they can leak in far more cold air than a kid who keeps opening a door or window to play with the elements. Kids have to sleep sometime, but air leaks are around the clock, 24/7. Windowpanes that constantly fog up are a sign that air in leaking in, or heat is leaking out.
Noticing mold or mildew around windows and doors is a sign of moisture getting in - usually a sign that air has been getting in for a long time, and now the water is following.
Call us at Randal Olson Exterior today, and let us help you get rid of your old windows and doors with new ones that won't let all the cold air in.
Stay warm, and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Randal Olson Exterior!