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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Cold weather in Monroe can really launch your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty 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 budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish a tighter seal and increase window and door performance.

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

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Monroe area and intense sunlight can create breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local pro to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to seep into your home. Consult a professional to help correct 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 well, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Replace 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 more to heat your home. Replacement 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 203-295-4486 or stop by our showroom in Monroe.
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