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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

While it might seem like you’ve got some time to prep for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Westerly. Colder weather is about here. Fortunately, there are tools you can use to ensure your home is ready. Here are some areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.

Windows
Windows can be a powerful tool in keeping your house warm all winter long. First and foremost, assess to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are usually more energy efficient compared to older models. Double-pane windows and other newer technology work to keep the cool air out and heat in your home. If you’re not in need of replacement windows, you should still check your windows to ensure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can drop the temperatures and make your home feel drafty.

Your curtains can also help with your home comfort. During the day, opening curtains lets in sunlight to produce some extra warmth into your home. Once the sun sets, close the curtains to add a barrier between your windows and the warm air to reduce heat loss.

Doors
Your replacement doors can have a large impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can reduce your home’s heating efficiency. You should check for gaps and seal them before winter starts. You should also contemplate installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an additional barrier to your home, and can help improve energy efficiency.

Exterior
If you’ve observed some cracks in the exterior of your home, now is the time to get them fixed. Deterioration to the outside of your home, especially wood surfaces, can be a sign of moisture damage. You’ll want to bring in a professional to review the cracks and help you determine the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, don’t forget to protect exterior faucets to avoid burst pipes and damage to your home.

If you’re ready to invest in replacement windows or a storm door to keep your home warmer, give the Pella of Westerly professionals a call at 401-315-7032, visit us in the Westerly showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!

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