Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
The cold season in Mankato can really launch your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to set up your home for winter and possibly save some money.
window sills and moving parts. Sand,
dirt, leaves and other debris can get caught in window sills
and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting
problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to make
a snugger seal and increase window
and door operation.
weather stripping. Unattached
weather stripping can let cold air in and effect
your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or change
any unattached weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Mankato
area and strong sunlight can cause gaps
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a
local professional to determine 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 permit cold air to seep
into your home. Consult a professional
to help modify 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 operating
well, it may be time for replacement doors.
old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have out-dated
windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying more to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows
efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting
argon can help save
money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or
shades can also help cloister your home from bitter