Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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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.

  • 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 areas with a dry paintbrush to make a packed seal and increase window and door functionality.

  • Examine 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 doors.

  • Test 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 and doors.

  • Repair 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.

  • Install 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.

  • Replace 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 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 protect 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 207-517-2331 or stop by our showroom in South Portland.