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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Cold weather in Indianapolis can really send your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a great deal that 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 budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish a snugger seal and enhance window and door performance.

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

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Indianapolis area and intense sunlight can cause breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local professional to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to seep into your home. Consult a expert to help modify any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection from brutal weather and also help lower 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 more to heat your home. New doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating argon can help save money all year. 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 317-872-9927 or stop by our showroom in Indianapolis.
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