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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

The cold season in Kelowna can really send your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prepare your home for the chilly months and possibly save some money.

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

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

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Kelowna area and strong sunlight can form openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local pro to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to 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. Check with a pro to help modify 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 operating well, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Exchange 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. 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 cloister 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 & Doors - Kelowna at 250-863-7902 or stop by our showroom in Kelowna.
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