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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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