Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Des Moines can really launch your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to set up your home for winter and possibly save some money.

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

  • Test weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or replace any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Des Moines area and fierce sunlight can cause openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local pro 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 allow cold air to leak into your home. Confer with a professional to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield 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 ancient 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 insulating argon can help save money long-term. 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 515-219-7723 or stop by our showroom in Des Moines.