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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Cold weather in Natick can really launch your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to set up 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 stuck in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to create a snugger seal and increase window and door performance.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Natick area and intense sunlight can create breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local expert to determine 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 allow cold air to seep into your home. Check with a expert to help improve any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield from severe weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running correctly, 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 too much to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting 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 781-239-1161 or stop by our showroom in Natick.
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