Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Springfield can really send your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to set up your home for the cold and possibly save some money.

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

  • Test weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or change any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Springfield area and strong sunlight can form gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local pro to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on 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 leak into your home. Confer with a professional to help correct 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 functioning properly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Exchange 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 too much to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding argon can help save money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate your home from bitter 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 217-793-0550 or stop by our showroom in Springfield.