Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Shrewsbury can really propel your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare your home for the cold and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get caught in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish a snugger seal and increase window and door performance.

  • Test weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and effect your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or restore any unfastened weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Shrewsbury area and intense sunlight can create openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local expert to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to leak into your home. Check with a professional to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield from brutal weather and also help reduce air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not functioning well, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Swap old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have out-dated windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying more to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting argon can help save money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help protect your home from cold outdoor temperatures. 

Want more information about winterizing your windows and doors or about new windows or replacement doors? Call the team at Pella Windows and Doors at (508) 925-7149 or stop by our showroom in Shrewsbury.