Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
The cold season in Greenfield can really launch your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare your home for winter and possibly save some money.
window sills and moving parts. Sand,
dirt, leaves and other debris can get wedged in window sills
and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing
problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to create
a packed seal and increase window
and door operation.
weather stripping. Unfastened
weather stripping can let cold air in and effect
your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or replace
any loose weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Greenfield
area and strong sunlight can cause breaks
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a
local pro to decide if
fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the
roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to escape
into your home. Confer with a pro
to help improve any roof problems around your home.
storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense
from brutal weather and also help reduce
air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running
properly, 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 shielding
argon can help save
money all year. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or
shades can also help insulate your home from chilly