Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Raleigh can really send your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare 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 budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish a tighter seal and improve window and door performance.

  • Test weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or change any unfastened weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Raleigh area and intense sunlight can cause openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local expert to determine 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 let cold air to leak into your home. Check with a professional to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection from brutal weather and also help lower 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 out-dated windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying extra to heat your home. New 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 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 919-324-0196 or stop by our showroom in Raleigh.