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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Cold weather in Davenport can really propel your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prep your home for the cold 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 sealing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to make a packed seal and increase window and door operation.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Davenport area and fierce sunlight can create breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local professional to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured 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 defense from brutal 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.

  • Swap 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. Fresh 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 insulate 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 563-202-8576 or stop by our showroom in Davenport.
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