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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

The cold season in Salt Lake City can really propel your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to set up 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 closing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to make a tighter seal and increase window and door performance.

  • Check weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or replace any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Salt Lake City area and fierce sunlight can create gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local pro to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to 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 correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield from intense weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Exchange 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 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 year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help cloister 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 385-203-8083 or stop by our showroom in Salt Lake City.
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