Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
Cold weather in Decatur can really propel your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to set up your home for the chilly months and possibly save some money.
window sills and moving parts. Sand,
dirt, leaves and other debris can get stuck in window sills
and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting
problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish
a snugger seal and increase window
and door functionality.
weather stripping. Unfastened
weather stripping can let cold air in and impact
your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or restore
any loose weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Decatur
area and strong sunlight can cause gaps
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a
local expert to determine if
fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the
roof or near the foundation may let cold air to seep
into your home. Confer with a pro
to help improve any roof problems around your home.
storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense
from intense weather and also help reduce
air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating
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. Fresh 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 insulate your home from cold