Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Cold weather in Baton Rouge can really send your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare your home for the cold and possibly save some money.

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

  • Test weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or replace any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Baton Rouge area and strong sunlight can create gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to leak 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 protection from intense weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running properly, 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 too much to heat your home. New 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 insulate 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 (225) 217-2592 or stop by our showroom in Baton Rouge.