Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Rochester can really send your utility bills to high levels. 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 shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to create a packed seal and increase window and door functionality.

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

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Rochester area and strong sunlight can form gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to establish 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 permit cold air to leak into your home. Confer with a professional to help improve any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection from severe weather and also help reduce 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 ancient windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying too much to heat your home. Fresh 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 507-847-1060 or stop by our showroom in Rochester.