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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Cold weather in Winston-Salem can really propel 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 stuck in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to make a snugger seal and increase window and door performance.

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

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Winston-Salem area and fierce sunlight can cause breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to determine 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 let cold air to leak 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 decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating 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 more to heat your home. New 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 cloister 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 336-203-0704 or stop by our showroom in Winston-Salem.
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