While it may seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to prep for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Traverse City. Colder weather is on the horizon. However, there are tools you can use to confirm your home is ready. Here are several areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.
Windows can be a powerful tool in keeping your house warm throughout winter. First and foremost, look to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are usually 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 ensure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can bring temperatures down and make your home feel drafty.
Your curtains can also help with your home comfort. 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 prevent the loss of heat.
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. Make sure to 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 improve energy efficiency.
If you’ve noticed 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 have a professional to evaluate the cracks and help you determine the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, be sure to protect exterior faucets to avoid burst pipes and destruction 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 Traverse City experts a call at 231-538-2175, visit us in the Traverse City showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!