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A Boston Globe website feature published last October 2, 2013 discusses home winterizing projects. Due to the low temperatures the winter season brings, homes need to be optimized for better heat insulation and energy efficiency, and this article lists a few tips for homeowners to do just that. On the subject of windows, the article had this to say:

If you have old puttied wood windows, and the putty (glazing compound) is coming off, replace the compound, because broken compound loses heat. Chip or scrape off what putty is left, and paint the dado where the putty was with boiled linseed oil, which will soak into the wood and make the putty stick better by preventing the wood from sucking out oils in the putty. Then work new putty into the space against the wood and glass and smooth out with a putty knife.

It is fussy, slow work, so consider hiring a pro. It may cost $200 or more per window, so you may want to consider replacement windows. Price depends on size, of course. Be wary of replacement window ads, and do plenty of research before you buy.

It is fussy, slow work, so consider hiring a pro. It may cost $200 or more per window, so you may want to consider replacement windows. Price depends on size, of course. Be wary of replacement window ads, and do plenty of research before you buy.

Windows can be a very big liability come winter, since the warmth within a house can seep out through the windows. Naturally, homeowners need to take all necessary steps in order to prevent this from happening. Although householders can try to insulate and seal their casements on their own, the easier alternative (as suggested by the article) would simply be to purchase and install replacement windows in Maryland.

Maryland can get quite chilly and drafty around winter, so folks might want to prioritize the sealing and insulation of their windows. Adding caulk to seams and hanging drapery might not be enough to prevent drafts and heat loss, however. Replacing a window for something more energy-efficient can do wonders for a house by not only preventing heat loss, but it also helping it save on energy costs.

Householders need to call upon the services of expert contractors like DryTech Roofing for window replacement in Maryland. There are plenty of windows in the market with varying degrees of energy-efficiency, so folks will need help choosing the most suitable panes for their homes. Contractors are sure to have information on the products they install, so customers can freely ask them for the most efficient model in their catalog.

(Info from Peter Hotton’s home winterizing checklist, The Boston Globe, October 2, 2013)