Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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