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Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

Cold weather in Northern Virginia can really send your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a lot 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 make a packed seal and increase window and door functionality.

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

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Northern Virginia area and strong sunlight can cause gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Consult with a local expert to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may let cold air to seep into your home. Check with a expert to help modify any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of defense from intense 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.

  • Swap old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have older 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 insulating argon can help save money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate 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 571-292-3519 or stop by our showroom in Northern Virginia.
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