Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Cold weather in Kansas City can really launch your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to set up your home for winter and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get stuck in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to establish a tighter seal and improve window and door operation.

  • Test weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and effect your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or restore any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Kansas City area and strong sunlight can form breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on 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. Confer with a expert to help improve any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from severe weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating properly, 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 too much 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 913-246-5101 or stop by our showroom in Kansas City.