Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Hanover can really propel your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prep your home for the cold and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get wedged in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to create a tighter seal and increase window and door functionality.

  • Check weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or replace any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Hanover area and fierce sunlight can form breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local professional to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to leak into your home. Consult a expert to help modify any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Swap old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have older windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying extra to heat your home. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating argon can help save money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate your home from chilly 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 781-826-8005 or stop by our showroom in Hanover.