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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.