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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Wintertime in Cape Cod can really launch your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to prep your home for winter 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 packed seal and enhance window and door performance.

  • Examine weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or change any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Cape Cod area and strong sunlight can cause breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local expert to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may let cold air to leak into your home. Consult a professional to help modify 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 properly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Exchange old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have ancient 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 protect 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 508-638-5897 or stop by our showroom in Cape Cod.
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