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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.