Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Haverhill can really send your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to prepare 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 shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to create a snugger seal and improve window and door performance.

  • Examine weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and effect your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or restore any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Haverhill area and fierce sunlight can cause gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local pro to determine 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 permit cold air to seep into your home. Consult a professional to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from brutal weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Swap 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. New doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding 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 978-291-7441 or stop by our showroom in Haverhill.