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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

The cold season in Fargo 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 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 make a tighter seal and improve window and door performance.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Fargo area and strong sunlight can form breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local pro to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be used on 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. Consult a pro to help modify any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield from brutal 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 out-dated 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 chilly 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 at 701-281-1390 or stop by our showroom in Fargo.
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