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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Wintertime in Syracuse can really send your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s plenty 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 stuck in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to create a snugger seal and increase window and door functionality.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Syracuse area and strong sunlight can cause openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to seep into your home. Confer with a expert to help improve any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from intense weather and also help reduce air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not functioning correctly, 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 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 bitter 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 315-565-0399 or stop by our showroom in Syracuse.
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