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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.