While it might seem like you’ve got some time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in St. Paul. Colder weather is on the horizon. 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 powerful tool in keeping your house warm all winter long. First and foremost, look 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 cold 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 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 significant impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can reduce 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 extra barrier to your home, and can help improve energy efficiency.
If you’ve noticed 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 warning of moisture damage. You’ll want to bring in a professional to take a look at the cracks and help you identify 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 St. Paul experts a call at 651-213-9049, visit us in the St. Paul showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!