Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Birmingham can really launch your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to set up your home for the cold 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 closing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to make a snugger seal and improve window and door performance.

  • Examine weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or restore any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Birmingham area and intense sunlight can form breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local expert to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to leak into your home. Check with a professional to help improve any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection from intense weather and also help lower air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not functioning correctly, 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 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 protect 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 205-236-7269 or stop by our showroom in Birmingham.