The cold season in
Minneapolis can really launch your utility bills to
the skies. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prep 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 moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing
problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to make
a tighter seal and improve window
and door functionality.
weather stripping. Unattached
weather stripping can let cold air in and impact
your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or restore
any unfastened weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Minneapolis
area and intense sunlight can form openings
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a
local expert to decide if
fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the
roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to escape
into your home. Check with a pro
to help correct any roof problems around your home.
storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield
from severe weather and also help reduce
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 out-dated
windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying extra to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows
efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting
argon can help save
money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or
shades can also help cloister your home from cold
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 612-249-7371 or stop by our
showroom in Minneapolis.