Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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