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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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While it might seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Raleigh. Colder weather is on the way. However, there are tools you can use to confirm your home is ready. Here are a few areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.

Windows
Windows can be a powerful tool in keeping your indoor space warm during the winter. First and foremost, assess to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are typically more energy efficient than older models. Double-pane windows and other newer technology work to keep colder temps out and heat in your home. If you’re not in need of replacement windows, you should still check your windows to make sure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can lower the temps and make your home feel drafty.

You can also use your curtains to stay comfortable. During the day, opening curtains lets in sunlight to create 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 think about installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an added barrier to your home, and can help enhance energy efficiency.

Exterior
If you’ve seen some cracks in the exterior of your home, this is a great time to get them fixed. Deterioration to the outside of your home, especially wood surfaces, can be a warning of moisture damage. You’ll want to have a professional to take a look at 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 Raleigh professionals a call at 919-324-0196, visit us in the Raleigh showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!