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
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 877-680-9617 or stop by our
showroom in Birmingham.