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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.