Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Cold weather in North Carolina can really send your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to prep your home for the chilly months and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get caught in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to establish a tighter seal and increase window and door functionality.

  • Check weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or restore any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the North Carolina area and fierce sunlight can cause breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local professional to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to escape into your home. Consult a professional to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield from brutal weather and also help lower air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating well, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Replace 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 extra to heat your home. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting argon can help save money year-round. 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 at 866-539-4196 or stop by our showroom in North Carolina.