Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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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.

  • Clean 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.

  • Check 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 doors.

  • Examine 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 and doors.

  • Repair 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.

  • Install 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.

  • Replace 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 with energy 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 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 612-249-7371 or stop by our showroom in Minneapolis.