Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Nashville can really send your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare 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 shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to establish a tighter seal and improve window and door functionality.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Nashville area and fierce sunlight can create openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult 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 permit cold air to leak into your home. Confer with a pro to help correct any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Replace 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. New doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting argon can help save money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help cloister your home from chilly 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 615-348-8786 or stop by our showroom in Nashville.