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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

The cold season in Santa Fe can really propel your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to set up 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 moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to create a packed seal and increase window and door operation.

  • Check weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and effect your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or restore any unfastened weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Santa Fe area and fierce sunlight can form openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local expert to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to seep into your home. Check with a professional to help improve any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection from severe weather and also help reduce air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running well, 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. Replacement doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding argon can help save money all year. 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 and Doors Southwest at 505-373-1286 or stop by our showroom in Santa Fe.
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