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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

The cold season in Norwalk can really launch your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty 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 wedged in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to create a snugger seal and enhance window and door operation.

  • Check weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or replace any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Norwalk area and intense sunlight can form breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local expert to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to escape into your home. Check with a pro 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 decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating properly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Exchange 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 more to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting argon can help save money all year. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate your home from cold 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 203-663-3778 or stop by our showroom in Norwalk.
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