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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Cold weather in St. Paul can really launch your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prepare your home for the cold and possibly save some money.

  • Clean 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 shutting problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to create a packed seal and enhance window and door functionality.

  • Check weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or restore any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the St. Paul area and fierce sunlight can create gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local professional to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to seep into your home. Confer with a professional to help correct any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Swap 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 more to heat your home. New doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating argon can help save money all year. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate your home from cold 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 651-213-9049 or stop by our showroom in St. Paul.
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