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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.