Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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