Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Cold weather in Baltimore 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 wedged in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish a snugger seal and improve window and door functionality.

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

  • Examine the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Baltimore area and strong sunlight can cause breaks in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local professional to determine if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be applied to your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to seep 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 protection from brutal weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not running properly, 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 shielding argon can help save money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help cloister your home from cold 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 301-637-0762 or stop by our showroom in Baltimore.