The cold season in
Washington DC can really launch your utility bills to high levels. The good news is there’s a great
deal that you can do to set up your home for the
cold and possibly save some money.
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 closing
problems. Clean these parts with a dry paintbrush to create
a tighter seal and enhance window
and door operation.
weather stripping. Unfastened
weather stripping can let cold air in and impact
your home’s environment. Be sure to fasten or change
any unattached weather stripping around windows and
the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Washington DC
area and intense sunlight can cause openings
in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Check with a
local professional to determine if
fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows
or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the
roof or near the foundation may permit cold air to leak
into your home. Confer with a professional
to help modify any roof problems around your home.
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 operating
correctly, it may be time for replacement doors.
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 more to heat your home. New doors and windows
efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting
argon can help save
money long-term. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or
shades can also help cloister your home from chilly
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 (202) 810-6799 or stop by our
showroom in Washington DC.