Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in South Burlington can really launch your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to set up your home for the cold and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get caught in window sills and budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these areas 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 effect your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or replace any unfastened weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the South Burlington area and fierce sunlight can cause gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local pro to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to 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 seep into your home. Consult a expert 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.

  • 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. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating argon can help save money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate 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 (802) 557-0429 or stop by our showroom in South Burlington.