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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

The cold season in El Paso can really launch your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prep your home for the chilly months and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get stuck in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to create a snugger seal and enhance window and door functionality.

  • Test weather stripping. Unfastened 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.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the El Paso area and strong sunlight can form gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local professional to establish 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 escape into your home. Check with a expert to help improve any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from severe weather and also help lower air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating properly, 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 more to heat your home. Replacement 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 chilly 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 Southwest at 915-213-1497 or stop by our showroom in El Paso.
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