Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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