Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
The cold season in Jackson can really launch your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prepare your home for the cold and possibly save some money.
window sills and moving parts. Sand,
dirt, leaves and other debris can get stuck in window sills
and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing
problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to make
a packed seal and enhance window
and door performance.
weather stripping. Unattached
weather stripping can let cold air in and impact
your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or replace
any loose weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Jackson
area and intense sunlight can create openings
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a
local expert to determine if
fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the
roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to leak
into your home. Consult a pro
to help correct any roof problems around your home.
storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense
from intense weather and also help lower
air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running
well, it may be time for replacement doors.
old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have older
windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying extra to heat your home. Replacement doors and windows
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 protect your home from cold