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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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.

  • Clean 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.

  • Check 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 doors.

  • Check 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 and doors.

  • Repair 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.

  • Install 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.

  • Exchange 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 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 protect 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 307-733-0535 or stop by our showroom in Jackson.
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