Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
The cold season in Idaho can really send your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to set up your home for the chilly months and possibly save some money.
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 parts with a dry paintbrush to make
a packed seal and enhance window
and door operation.
weather stripping. Unfastened
weather stripping can let cold air in and impact
your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or change
any unfastened weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Idaho
area and strong sunlight can cause gaps
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a
local expert to establish if
fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the
roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to leak
into your home. Check with a expert
to help modify any roof problems around your home.
storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense
from brutal weather and also help reduce
air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not functioning
correctly, 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 more to heat your home. New doors and windows
efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating
argon can help save
money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or
shades can also help cloister your home from bitter