Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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The cold season in Hunt Valley can really launch your utility bills soaring. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to set up 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 moving parts of windows or doors —and this can cause sealing problems. Clean these sections with a dry paintbrush to establish a packed seal and improve window and door performance.

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

  • Check the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Hunt Valley area and intense sunlight can form gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a local professional to establish if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on 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 escape into your home. Confer with a professional to help modify any roof problems around your home.

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

  • Replace 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 extra to heat your home. Replacement 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 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 410-698-1950 or stop by our showroom in Hunt Valley.