Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Cold weather in Wilmington can really send your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty 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 caught in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to establish a tighter seal and enhance window and door functionality.

  • Examine weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and effect your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or restore any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Wilmington area and fierce sunlight can form breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local pro to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair 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 modify any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from severe weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Replace 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 too much 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 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 910-218-9596 or stop by our showroom in Wilmington.