Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Annapolis can really propel your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s plenty 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 areas 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 effect your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or change any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Annapolis area and fierce sunlight can form gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local professional to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Broken or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to escape into your home. Check with a expert to help improve 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 running well, 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 too much to heat your home. New doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with shielding argon can help save money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help insulate 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 240-293-1068 or stop by our showroom in Annapolis.