Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home. And in the Twin Cities, it’s never the cold that’s the problem — it’s the wind chill and the heavy snow that damage your home’s exterior. This winter wear and tear can lead to costly repairs or replacements in the spring.
You might experience broken siding panels due to high winds, or condensation between your window panes. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to prepare your home Minnesota home for the colder months. Window Nation home improvement experts are here to share their best tips for preparing your home for harsh winter weather.
Seal Cracks and Air Leaks
Keep the cold winter air outside by repairing any cracks or drafts you notice in your home. Take a look at your windows and doors and inspect any areas that feel like they may be letting in air from outside, then seal the areas with caulk or weatherstripping.
Some Twin City homeowners even put plastic wrap around their windows as a temporary solution while they make a plan to replace their windows. That way, they can keep the harsh cold from being too costly.
Upgrade Your Windows
While caulk might serve as a quick fix, it’s important to note that caulk does not adhere well in cold temperatures. For a long-term solution, it’s smarter to replace your windows and doors with energy-efficient upgrades.
Energy loss from older windows can be responsible for 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs. Most builder-grade windows are single pane, the least energy-efficient windows on the market. To put that into context, according to ENERGY STAR, if you replace your older single-pane windows with more energy-efficient models in an average home, you could save between $101 and $583 per year on your energy bill.
If your windows look old enough to be featured in the Guthrie Theater, it’s time for a replacement. Consider replacing your windows with double or triple pane windows for an energy efficiency boost you’ll enjoy year-round. Our windows will help your HVAC system work smarter, not harder, to keep your energy bills low during the blistering cold of winter in the Twin Cities.
Upgrade Your Siding
Cold temperatures, high winds, and ice wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. So unless you’re planning on playing ice hockey along the walls, inspect your siding for any cracked panels or discoloration.
If you notice any areas of concern, it might be time to upgrade your siding. Vinyl siding from Window Nation is built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable all winter long. Our siding is also durable, built to withstand the harshest of weather conditions.
Purchase a Generator
There’s nothing worse than losing power during a major winter storm. Inclement weather could keep Xcel Energy from restoring power for hours, or even days.
Keep your home protected from power outages by purchasing a generator to serve as a backup power source. You might need to do some research—it’s not something you want to casually pick up at the Mall of America. But generators are particularly important if you or someone you live with is part of a vulnerable population, or if you live in a cold climate like the Twin Cities where the risk of hypothermia is increased.
Want to Winterize Your Home?
When you’re ready to start your home improvement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows for your Twin Cities home. Schedule your in-home estimate today to save money and keep your home comfortable throughout the year.