Cold weather in
South Portland can really launch your utility bills to
the skies. The good news is there’s a great
deal that you can do to prepare your home for the
cold and possibly save some money.
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 areas with a dry paintbrush to make
a packed seal and increase window
and door functionality.
weather stripping. Unfastened
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
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the South Portland
area and fierce sunlight can cause openings
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a
local pro to decide if
fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the
roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to escape
into your home. Consult a expert
to help modify 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
properly, 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. New 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 protect your home from cold
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 207-253-1856 or stop by our
showroom in South Portland.