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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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While it could seem like you’ve got some time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Annapolis. Colder weather is about here. 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 throughout winter. First and foremost, assess to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are generally 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 make sure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can bring temperatures down and make your home feel drafty.

Your curtains are another way to keep cozy. 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 reduce heat loss.

Doors
Your replacement doors can have a big 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 consider installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an added barrier to your home, and can help improve energy efficiency.

Exterior
If you’ve observed 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 an indication of moisture damage. You’ll want to bring in a professional to evaluate the cracks and help you determine 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 Annapolis experts a call at 240-293-1068, visit us in the Annapolis showroom or arrange an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!