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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Wintertime in Bloomington can really send your utility bills soaring. 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 caught in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to establish a snugger seal and increase window and door performance.

  • Test weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or replace any unfastened weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Bloomington area and fierce sunlight can create openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local pro to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to leak into your home. Check with 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 ancient windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying extra 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 protect 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 309-663-7132 or stop by our showroom in Bloomington.
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