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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Wintertime in Tucson can really propel your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to prepare your home for winter and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get wedged in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to create a packed seal and increase window and door performance.

  • Test weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or replace any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Tucson area and intense sunlight can create gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local expert to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may let cold air to leak into your home. Consult a professional 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 running correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have out-dated windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying extra to heat your home. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting argon can help save money long-term. 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 520-428-0648 or stop by our showroom in Tucson.
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