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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Cold weather in Lafayette can really propel your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty 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 stuck in window sills and budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to create a tighter seal and enhance window and door functionality.

  • Check weather stripping. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in and effect your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or restore any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Lafayette area and fierce sunlight can create openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local professional to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to seep into your home. Confer with a pro to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from brutal weather and also help lower air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not functioning correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Exchange old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have older 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 insulating 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 McComb Window & Door at 317-983-5804 or stop by our showroom in Lafayette.
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