Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Washington DC can really launch your utility bills to high levels. 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 wedged in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause closing problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to create a tighter seal and enhance window and door operation.

  • Examine weather stripping. Unfastened weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or change any unattached weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Washington DC area and intense sunlight can cause openings in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local professional to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to leak into your home. Confer with a professional to help modify any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from brutal weather and also help lower air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not operating correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Exchange 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 with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting argon can help save money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help cloister your home from chilly outdoor temperatures. 

Want more information about winterizing your windows and doors or about new windows or replacement doors? Call the team at Pella Windows and Doors at (301) 327-3013 or stop by our showroom in Washington DC.