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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

The cold season in Southern Pines can really launch 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 moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to create a tighter seal and increase window and door functionality.

  • Check weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and effect your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or change any unfastened weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Southern Pines area and fierce sunlight can create openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local pro to decide 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 permit 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 shield from intense weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not functioning well, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Swap 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 insulating argon can help save money all year. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help cloister 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 910-444-0729 or stop by our showroom in Southern Pines.
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