Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Cold weather in Grand Rapids can really send your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a great deal that 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 wedged in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish a packed seal and improve 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 replace any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Grand Rapids area and fierce sunlight can form gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to leak 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 protection from brutal weather and also help lower air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating well, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have ancient windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying extra to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting argon can help save money year-round. 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 616-201-0206 or stop by our showroom in Grand Rapids.