Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Cold weather in Calgary can really launch your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to prep your home for winter and possibly save some money.

  • Clean 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 sections with a dry paintbrush to establish a tighter seal and enhance window and door performance.

  • Examine weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or change any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Calgary area and strong sunlight can cause gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local expert to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may let cold air to escape into your home. Confer with a professional to help improve any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield from severe weather and also help reduce 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 too much 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 insulate your home from cold 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 403-681-6363 or stop by our showroom in Calgary.