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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Wintertime in Kingston can really propel your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to prep your home for winter and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get caught in window sills and budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to create a snugger seal and enhance window and door functionality.

  • Check weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or restore any unfastened weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Kingston area and fierce sunlight can create gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to decide 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 let cold air to escape into your home. Confer with 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 reduce air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not functioning properly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Swap old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have out-dated windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying more to heat your home. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding argon can help save money long-term. 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 845-663-1025 or stop by our showroom in Kingston.
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