Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Providence can really send your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare your home for winter and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get stuck in window sills and budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to create a snugger seal and increase window and door performance.

  • Test weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or replace any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Providence area and strong sunlight can cause gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local pro to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may let cold air to escape into your home. Confer with a expert to help modify any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Swap 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. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating argon can help save money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help protect 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 508-413-3004 or stop by our showroom in Providence.