While it might seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in North Carolina. Colder weather is on the way. Luckily, 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 great tool in keeping your indoor space warm during the winter. First and foremost, look 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 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 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 bring 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 lower your home’s heating efficiency. Take the time to check for gaps and seal them before winter starts. You should also consider installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an added barrier to your home, and can help improve energy efficiency.
If you’ve seen 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, be sure 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 North Carolina experts a call at 866-539-4196, visit us in the North Carolina showroom or arrange an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!