Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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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.

  • Clean 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.

  • Check 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 doors.

  • Test 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 and doors.

  • Repair 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.

  • Install 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.

  • 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 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 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 (413) 829-0299 or stop by our showroom in Greenfield.