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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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.

  • Clean 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.

  • Examine 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 doors.

  • Test 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 and doors.

  • Repair 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.

  • Install 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.

  • Swap 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 with energy 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 outdoor temperatures. 

Want more information about winterizing your windows and doors or about new windows or replacement doors? Call the team at Pella Windows & Doors - Victoria at 250-475-1277 or stop by our showroom in Victoria.
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