While it might seem like you’ve got some time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Northern Virginia. Colder weather is on the way. Luckily, 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 can be a useful tool in keeping your house warm all winter long. First and foremost, check to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are usually more energy efficient as opposed 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 prevent the loss of heat.
Your replacement doors can have a big impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can influence your home’s heating efficiency. Make sure to check for gaps and seal them before winter starts. You should also consider installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an additional barrier to your home, and can help optimize energy efficiency.
If you’ve seen some cracks in the exterior of your home, it is the ideal 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 decide the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, remember to protect exterior faucets to avoid burst pipes and harm 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 Northern Virginia professionals a call at 571-292-3519, visit us in the Northern Virginia showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!