Prep Your Home for Winter Weather
Cold weather in Calgary can really launch your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to prep your home for winter and possibly save some money.
window sills and moving parts. Sand,
dirt, leaves and other debris can get stuck in window sills
and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting
problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to establish
a tighter seal and enhance window
and door performance.
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 change
any loose weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Calgary
area and strong sunlight can cause gaps
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a
local expert to decide if
fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the
roof or near the foundation may let cold air to escape
into your home. Confer with a professional
to help improve any roof problems around your home.
storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of shield
from severe weather and also help reduce
air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating
properly, it may be time for replacement doors.
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
efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting
argon can help save
money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or
shades can also help insulate your home from cold