Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Saint Louis can really send your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to set up your home for winter and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get stuck in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to create a tighter seal and increase window and door performance.

  • Test weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or change any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Saint Louis area and intense sunlight can form openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local expert to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

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

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

  • Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have out-dated windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying more to heat your home. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating argon can help save money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate your home from chilly 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 314-207-0726 or stop by our showroom in Saint Louis.