Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Memphis can really launch your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a great deal that 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 wedged in window sills and budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to establish a snugger seal and increase window and door operation.

  • Test weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or change any unfastened weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Memphis area and fierce sunlight can create gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local professional to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to escape into your home. Check with a expert to help improve any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield from brutal weather and also help reduce air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating 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. New 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 insulate 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 901-401-9399 or stop by our showroom in Memphis.