Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Owensboro 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 moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to make a packed seal and increase window and door functionality.

  • Test weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or replace any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Owensboro area and fierce sunlight can create gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult 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 permit cold air to escape into your home. Check with a pro to help modify any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Replace 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. 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 insulate 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 270-684-3028 or stop by our showroom in Owensboro.