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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Cold weather in Mt. Pleasant can really launch your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to set up your home for the cold and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get caught in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to make a snugger seal and improve window and door performance.

  • Test weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and effect your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or replace any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Mt. Pleasant area and fierce sunlight can create gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local professional to decide 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 allow cold air to seep into your home. Consult a professional to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from intense weather and also help lower 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 too much to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding 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 989-317-2558 or stop by our showroom in Mt. Pleasant.
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