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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.