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Window Care: How to Prepare for Another Minneapolis Winter

Okay… is the picture a bit over the top? Too Early?  The reality is, that although our average first snowfall in Minneapolis is the first week in November, in the not too distant past (1985 as a matter of fact), we got our first measurable snow on September 24th.  That’s only 6 weeks away! Winters here in the Twin Cities can be hard on our homes and our wallets, so preparation now is key to avoiding problems when the cold and winter storms hit.
As THE leading replacement window company in this area, we have seen things like this, and we’d like you to be ready when the time comes. So, below are a few bits of info and tips to help you prepare in the event of a harsh winter.

Preparation Is Key! – What to Do Before Winter

Inspect your windows, check for air leaks. Window leaks mean air and water can get in, wasting heat and possibly causing damage to your windows and your home’s interior. The easiest way we know? Pass a lighted candle around your window frame. If the flame flickers, air is getting through.

More signs you need new windows: Are your windows hard to open or close? Are your utility bills on the rise? Fog between the glass panes indicates failed seals. Cracked glass or frames are also obvious signs.

Do You Need Storm Windows?

Storm windows provide an extra layer of protection for your windows, kind of like putting on a sweater on colder days. We recommend storm windows for those who have genuine wood exterior frames, or for those with original windows in older or historic homes. Keep those gorgeous wood windows but protect them and increase your energy efficiency.
Storm windows also might be good for windows on the north side of a home – that’s where the coldest winter winds come blowing in.

Maintaining Your Windows in Winter

Condensation on window glass in the winter is a common issue in Minnesota, and we get lots of calls from people thinking there’s something wrong with their windows because this is happening.

Avoid condensation build-up. Surprise: Condensation developing on the interior side of window glass is rarely the fault of the window. It’s usually too much humidity in your home. (Check our previous post for detailed info.) If you notice water droplets on your windows, wipe them down immediately to avoid damage or mold development.

What to do for excessive condensation: The best way to avoid condensation build-up is to reduce the moisture in your indoor air. Use vents in the bathroom and the kitchen. If you’re running a humidifier because it feels dry in your home, run it less frequently or at a lower level.

What to Do in the Event of Storm Damage to Your Windows

If your windows get damaged by a winter storm, take pictures for your insurance company and then cover up and secure the window opening. Next step: call a storm damage repair contractor like us. Damaged windows can be a security issue for your home as well as causing heat loss, drafts, and more.

We can work with your insurance company to get those damaged windows repaired or replaced quickly. 
Not sure if your windows can handle another Minnesota winter? We’d be happy to come to your home and evaluate them. One less thing for you to have to worry about! If you have any questions, please call and speak with on of our replacement window technicians. We can evaluate the condition of your current windows and suggest a solution that works for you, your home, and your budget.
Call us at 952-746-6661 (Minneapolis) or 651-209-1001 (St. Paul) to schedule an appointment. 

Window Outfitters is a premier Window Replacement, doors, siding contractor and installer. As Contractor in the St Paul, Minneapolis, (Twin Cities) Minnesota (MN) metro, we proudly serve, but are not limited to, the following areas: Minneapolis Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows, Replacement Window Contractors Minnesota, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Savage, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eagan, St Paul, Hastings, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Farmington MN, Chaska, Shakopee, Chanhassen, Victoria, Mendota Heights Anderson Windows Minneapolis, Marvin Windows Minneapolis.