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It's late December, which means we're knee deep in the holiday season. And despite the surprising warm weather thus far, you still have to winterize your home for the imminent winter onslaught. Major projects such as door replacements are available but simple, affordable options are on the market and can help your reduce your energy costs this winter. Here are four ways homeowners can winterize their CT patio doors.

Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping your patio door CT weatherproofs  and prevents energy from leaking out. Brush fin and fin seal use synthetic filaments that restrict air flow in the gaps between the patio doors. Then, the fin seal forms an additional seal.

Compression Strips

Rubber compression strips with adhesive are effective weatherstripping options that can be cut to fit the length of your patio door. Not only do they add an air-proof seal around the patio door, but the strips are chemical-resistant and mediate cold temperatures.

Plastic Window Kits

Window kits typically use shrink wrap that shrinks when exposed to heat. Homeowners can cut the sheeting to fit their patio door, while double-sided tape secures the plastic to the door frame. For those looking to shrink the plastic, using a simple appliance like a hair dryer will do the trick. The sheeting will tighten to make a barrier that reduces drafts.

Dirt and Debris

With each passing day, dirt and debris accumulates in the cervices of the door. If it's backed up enough, it can cause the door to lift off the track, allowing drafts and energy to seep out. To avoid debris, vacuum inside your door channels monthly.