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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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.

  • Clean 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.

  • Check 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 doors.

  • Check 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 and doors.

  • Repair 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.

  • 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 operating well, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Exchange 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 with energy 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 outdoor temperatures. 

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 507-625-6933 or stop by our showroom in Mankato.
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