Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Boston 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 wedged in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to create a tighter seal and increase window and door functionality.

  • Check weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or replace any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Boston area and fierce sunlight can form gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer 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. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may let cold air to seep into your home. Check with a expert 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 functioning 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 extra to heat your home. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating argon can help save money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate your home from chilly 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 617-712-2342 or stop by our showroom in Boston.