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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.