Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
Cold weather in Victoria can really propel your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a lot 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 caught in window sills
and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing
problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to make
a snugger seal and enhance window
and door performance.
weather stripping. Unattached
weather stripping can let cold air in and effect
your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or replace
any unfastened weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Victoria
area and fierce sunlight can cause openings
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a
local expert to decide if
fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the
roof or near the foundation may let cold air to leak
into your home. Check with a pro
to help improve any roof problems around your home.
storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection
from severe weather and also help decrease
air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running
correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.
old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have older
windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying too
much to heat your home. New doors and windows
efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding
argon can help save
money all year. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or
shades can also help protect your home from bitter