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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Wintertime in West Springfield can really propel your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to set up your home for the chilly months and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get caught in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to make a packed seal and improve window and door functionality.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the West Springfield area and intense sunlight can create openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local expert to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

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

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from intense weather and also help reduce air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Replace 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 protecting argon can help save money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help cloister your home from bitter 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 (413) 561-7599 or stop by our showroom in West Springfield.
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