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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.