Cold weather in
Albany can really propel your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to set up your home for winter and possibly save some money.
window sills and moving parts. Sand,
dirt, leaves and other debris can get stuck in window sills
and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting
problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to create
a packed seal and enhance window
and door functionality.
weather stripping. Loose
weather stripping can let cold air in and effect
your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or change
any unfastened weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Albany
area and intense sunlight can form openings
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a
local pro 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 professional
to help modify any roof problems around your home.
storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense
from severe weather and also help reduce
air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not functioning
properly, it may be time for replacement doors.
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 too
much to heat your home. Replacement doors and windows
efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding
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
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 518-414-5302 or stop by our
showroom in Albany.