Regardless if you are ready, the colder weather is arriving in Washington DC and there is still time to make sure your home’s windows and doors are prepped for winter. Regularly checking your windows and doors can help ensure that your home keeps you comfortable and helps save on energy costs.
How can you prepare your windows and doors for winter?
- Check to see if your
windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris left in windowsills or the moving parts on doors and windows can
impact the tightness and seal when closed.
- Inspect your weather
stripping – Weather stripping helps to keep air
from leaking in when windows and doors
are closed. It can become loose or torn over time, so take a look and reattach any loose portions or
replace sections that are torn.
- Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and
doors – Rain, water and sunlight can damage
exterior sealants and caulk. Get rid of damaged material and
apply new sealant.
- Repair or replace damaged exterior
surfaces – Check for signs of moisture leaking, that could include cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the
damaged wood helps prevent cold air and moisture
from find its way into your home.
- Install storm doors – Storm
doors offers an additional layer of
security from air and moisture and improves energy
- Install snap-in blinds or shades
– Not only does this boost your privacy, but it also
helps to insulate the home.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and
doors – If you still have
single-pane glass, clear glass, or your windows and doors are older, your heating bills may be higher than
they need to be. Our
experts can walk you through newer,
energy-efficient windows and doors.
If you want more information about preparing your windows and doors for winter, contact your local Showroom in Washington DC at (301) 327-3013.