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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Wintertime in Petoskey can really send your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a great deal that 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 wedged in window sills and budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to create a snugger seal and enhance window and door operation.

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

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Petoskey area and intense sunlight can cause openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local expert to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

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

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield from severe weather and also help decrease 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 older 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 year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate your home from bitter 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 231-622-4417 or stop by our showroom in Petoskey.
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