Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Cold weather in Ketchum can really propel your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prepare 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 wedged in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish a tighter seal and increase window and door operation.

  • Test weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and effect your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or restore any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Ketchum area and intense sunlight can form openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local pro to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to seep into your home. Confer with a expert to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from severe weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating 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 extra 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 and Doors at 208-726-0060 or stop by our showroom in Ketchum.