Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
Wintertime in Eau Claire can really propel your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prepare your home for the chilly months and possibly save some money.
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 create
a snugger seal and enhance window
and door performance.
weather stripping. Unfastened
weather stripping can let cold air in and effect
your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or replace
any loose weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Eau Claire
area and intense 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
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked 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 correct any roof problems around your home.
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
correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.
old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have older
windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying more to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows
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 insulate your home from cold