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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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.

  • Clean 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.

  • Examine 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 doors.

  • Check 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 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 professional to help modify any roof problems around your home.

  • Install 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.

  • Replace 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 with energy 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 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 518-414-5302 or stop by our showroom in Albany.
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