Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Traverse City can really launch your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a great deal that 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 stuck in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish a packed seal and enhance window and door functionality.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Traverse City area and fierce sunlight can create breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to leak into your home. Check with a pro to help modify any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield from brutal weather and also help lower air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running correctly, 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 more to heat your home. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding argon can help save money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help protect 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 231-538-2175 or stop by our showroom in Traverse City.