Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Charlotte can really propel your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to set up your home for winter 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 sections with a dry paintbrush to create a tighter seal and enhance window and door operation.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Charlotte area and intense sunlight can form gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local professional to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used 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 escape 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 shield from intense weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not functioning well, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Exchange old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have older 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 chilly 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 704-228-9149 or stop by our showroom in Charlotte.