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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Wintertime in Long Island can really send your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare 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 budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to establish a packed seal and increase window and door functionality.

  • Examine weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and effect your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or change any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Long Island area and strong sunlight can create breaks 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. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may let cold air to seep into your home. Confer 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 lower air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating correctly, 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 too much to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding argon can help save money all year. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate 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 516-331-0031 or stop by our showroom in Long Island.
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