Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
The cold season in Peoria can really launch your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare your home for the chilly months and possibly save some money.
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 closing
problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to make
a snugger seal and increase window
and door performance.
weather stripping. Unattached
weather stripping can let cold air in and effect
your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or replace
any unfastened weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Peoria
area and strong sunlight can create openings
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a
local expert to establish if
fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the
roof or near the foundation may let cold air to seep
into your home. Check with a professional
to help modify 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 functioning
correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.
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 extra to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows
efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding
argon can help save
money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or
shades can also help protect your home from bitter