Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Falls Church can really send your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prep your home for the cold 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 shutting problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to make a tighter seal and enhance window and door performance.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Falls Church area and intense sunlight can create breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check 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. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may let cold air to leak into your home. Confer with a professional to help correct any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Swap 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. Fresh doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting 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 301-354-3689 or stop by our showroom in Falls Church.