Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Edmonton can really launch your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prep 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 budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to establish a snugger seal and improve window and door performance.

  • Test weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or replace any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Edmonton area and strong sunlight can create gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local professional to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to seep into your home. Consult a expert 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 properly, 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 more to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating argon can help save money all year. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help protect your home from chilly 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 780-439-9344 or stop by our showroom in Edmonton.