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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Wintertime in Portsmouth can really launch your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare 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 moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to make a packed seal and increase window and door performance.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Portsmouth area and intense sunlight can create 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 permit cold air to seep 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 shield from intense weather and also help decrease 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 older 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 shielding argon can help save money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate 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 603-945-0181 or stop by our showroom in Portsmouth.
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