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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Cold weather in Plattsburgh can really propel your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare your home for the cold and possibly save some money.

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

  • Test weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or change any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Plattsburgh area and fierce sunlight can cause openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local expert to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to escape into your home. Confer with a expert to help improve any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Swap old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have ancient 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 protect 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 518-310-2118 or stop by our showroom in Plattsburgh.
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