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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Wintertime in Eau Claire can really send your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a lot 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 moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to create a tighter seal and increase window and door performance.

  • Check weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or replace any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Eau Claire area and strong sunlight can create openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local professional 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 expert to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from severe weather and also help lower air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running properly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Swap 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. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting argon can help save money all year. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help cloister 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 715-836-9301 or stop by our showroom in Eau Claire.
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