The changing colors of the leaves and the chill in the air indicate that fall is officially here, and winter is on its way. Winter brings snow, ice, and frigid temperatures to the DC area. Prepping your home can help save money on your energy bills while keeping you warm and cozy. Follow our weatherproofing checklist to ensure cozy indoor temperatures all winter long.
Pay Attention to Windows and Doors
One of the first places to look when weatherproofing is around windows and doorways. Crumbling or peeling caulk lets in freezing air, forcing your heater to work overtime. Use a screwdriver or knife to scrape off the old caulk. Replace it using a caulk gun from any home improvement store. Wipe away excess caulk with a damp sponge. Re-examine the windows and doorways after the caulk dries to ensure air is no longer passing through. Reapply as needed.
Add Weather Stripping
If you experience a draft around windows and doors, add a layer of weather stripping to help save serious money on your utility bills. Weather stripping is a flexible material, generally made of vinyl, that adheres to drafty surfaces, preventing outside air from getting in. A home improvement store employee can help you determine the width needed for your door or windows. Attaching the weather stripping is a simple matter of cut and stick, a quick and easy job for the do-it-yourself (DIY) novice.
Consider a Replacement
If heat escapes through your doors or windows, it may be time to replace them. Storm doors and windows are designed to weather all conditions and can represent a significant return on investment. The doors hold heat inside your home, helping reduce energy costs.
Older windows can be dirty and prone to condensation buildup, which blocks natural light. New windows are designed to be efficient and ambient. Natural light helps brighten your space, and its warmth helps heat your home.
Effective weatherproofing can be completed using a combination DIY and contracted approach. While you can employ some basic fixes around your home, other tasks require an outside opinion and an expert hand.
With winter approaching, it’s time to make your home run more efficiently. At Tri-County Siding and Windows, we’re committed to helping you save money on your winter energy bills. Ask us about our weather and stormproof windows and doors today.
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