Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Scottsdale can really propel your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prepare your home for winter and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get caught in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to make a snugger seal and enhance window and door operation.

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

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Scottsdale area and intense sunlight can cause breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local expert to determine 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 escape into your home. Confer with a expert to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense 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. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating argon can help save money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help protect 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 480-296-2022 or stop by our showroom in Scottsdale.