Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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