Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Gaithersburg can really propel your utility bills to the skies. 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.

  • 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 make a snugger seal and enhance window and door functionality.

  • Examine weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and lower the temp of your home’s environment. Be sure to re-attach or restore any unfastened weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Gaithersburg area and fierce sunlight can form breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local pro to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to leak into your home. Confer with a expert to help correct any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have out-dated 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 shielding argon can help save money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help protect your home from bitter 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 202-594-3979 or stop by our showroom in Gaithersburg.