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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.