Now that winter is in full effect, it’s time to make sure your home is prepared for the rest of the season. Wear and tear from cold weather can do a number on the outside of your home, in addition to the extra cost of heating the inside. Be sure to perform home inspections before any repairs are necessary.

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Remove any dirt and dust from the sills

Unwanted debris brought into the home from outside (such as sand, dirt, leaves, and dust) should be cleared out from your
window sills and doors. Leaving them will cause the moving parts to get caught, so it’s important to clean the area with a dry paintbrush to assist in tightening the seals of each.

Go over weather stripping

Replacing loose or worn-away weather stripping around your windows and doors is recommended. If they are not completely damaged and salvageable, you can re-attach the existing ones. Weather stripping that has been damaged over time will allow cold air to come in through the cracks and lessen the energy efficiency of your home.

Reapply Caulk or Sealant

To further advance your energy efficiency when it comes to exposed air leaks, be sure to reapply caulk and sealant around your windows and doors. This will help reduce winter drafts from leaks. Harsh winds from winter weather along with extreme summer heat that is exposed to the areas around windows and doors can create cracking and breaking.

Add snap-in shades and blinds

Installing snap-in blinds or shades between the glass of your windows or patio doors can help in the insulation of your home during the winter months for cold temperatures. In Pella’s Designer Series® both windows and patio doors are available that offer the between-the-glass option. Another benefit to the snap-in features is that they add more privacy.

Check for any damage on home exterior

Take the time to examine any damage on the exterior of your home. Cracked or deteriorating wood either on the roof or foundation is usually affiliated with penetrated water. This exposure to water can allow moisture and unwanted air leaks into your home. Monitor your home each winter for signs of wear and tear so you know when to replace/repair any damaged materials. Wood material especially is prone to water damage throughout the year. If you are unsure about the extent of any damage, call a professional to examine the area in further detail. They will also be able to guide you in correcting the problems with drainage.

Add storm doors

Add storm doors on the outside of the home to further aid in the protection of the home. Adding that single layer of protection outside of your door will assist greatly in reducing air and moisture leakage.

Replace your windows and doors with higher energy-efficient models

Although replacing your windows and doors can be a costly project, there will be a return on the investment. Replace your older window or door with higher energy-efficient models to help save you money year round. If you have a single-pane glass or aged windows/doors, you may be paying more than necessary on your heating bill. Pella offers double and even triple-pane glass windows that are made with insulating argon. If doors are what you need replaced, Pella also has durable fiberglass doors that will save you on utilities year-round.