Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Champaign can really send your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to set up 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 moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to create a packed seal and increase window and door performance.

  • Examine weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or restore any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Champaign area and intense sunlight can form openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local expert to determine 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 permit cold air to seep into your home. Consult a expert to help modify any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield from brutal weather and also help reduce air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating 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 more to heat your home. New 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 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 217-356-6474 or stop by our showroom in Champaign.