Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Kalamazoo can really launch your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to set up your home for the chilly months and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get caught in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to create a packed seal and increase window and door functionality.

  • Examine weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or change any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Kalamazoo area and strong sunlight can form openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may let cold air to leak into your home. Confer with a pro to help improve any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Exchange 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 extra 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 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 269-215-4157 or stop by our showroom in Kalamazoo.