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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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.

  • Clean 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.

  • Check 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 doors.

  • Examine 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 and doors.

  • Repair 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.

  • 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 functioning correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Replace 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 with energy 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 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 309-306-3893 or stop by our showroom in Peoria.
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