Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Cold weather in Beltsville can really launch your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to prepare 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 stuck in window sills and budging parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to establish a snugger seal and enhance window and door functionality.

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

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Beltsville area and strong sunlight can cause breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local pro to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

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

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

  • Replace 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 too much to heat your home. New doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with insulating 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 Beltsville.