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Are Your Windows and Doors Ready for the Cold in Champaign, IL?

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Ready or not, the colder weather is coming to Champaign and you can still find time to make sure the windows and door in your home are prepped for winter. Regularly examining your windows and doors can help ensure that your home keeps you comfortable and helps save on energy costs.

How can you prepare your windows and doors for winter?

  • Check to see if your windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris residing in windowsills or the moving parts on your home’s windows and doors can impact the tightness and seal when closed.
  • Check your weather stripping – Weather stripping helps to reduce air from entering the home when windows and doors are closed. It can become loose or torn over time, so check it out and reattach any loose portions or replace sections that are ripped.
  • Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors – Rain, water and sunlight can be harsh on exterior sealants and caulk. Remove the damaged material and apply new sealant.
  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces – Take a look at your exterior surface for signs of moisture leaking, such as cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the damaged wood helps prevent cold air and moisture from entering the home.
  • Install storm doors – Storm doors offers an additional layer of security from air and moisture and improves energy performance.
  • Install snap-in blinds or shades – Not only does this boost your privacy, but it also helps to insulate the home.
  • Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and doors – If your home still has single-pane glass, clear glass, or your windows and doors are older, your heating bills may be higher than they need to be. Our experts can share information about newer, energy-efficient products.

If you would like to learn more about preparing your windows and doors for winter, contact your local Showroom in Champaign at 217-356-6474.