Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Westerly can really propel your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a lot 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 wedged in window sills and budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to make a packed seal and increase window and door functionality.

  • Examine weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or change any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Westerly area and fierce sunlight can form breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local professional to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may let cold air to seep into your home. Confer with a professional to help improve any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Exchange 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 extra to heat your home. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting argon can help save money all year. 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 401-315-7032 or stop by our showroom in Westerly.