Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Cold weather in Oklahoma City can really send your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prep your home for the cold and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get stuck in window sills and budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish a snugger seal and improve window and door performance.

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

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Oklahoma City area and intense sunlight can cause breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

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

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection from brutal weather and also help lower air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running well, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Swap old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have ancient windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying more to heat your home. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding argon can help save money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help protect 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 at (405) 276-4323 or stop by our showroom in Oklahoma City.