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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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While it could seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Shrewsbury. Colder weather is about here. Luckily, 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 house warm during the winter. First and foremost, check 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 confirm they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can drop the temperatures and make your home feel drafty.

You can also use your curtains to stay comfortable. 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 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 influence your home’s heating efficiency. Take the time 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 enhance energy efficiency.

Exterior
If you’ve noticed some cracks in the exterior of your home, this is a great 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 have 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, 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 Shrewsbury experts a call at (508) 925-7149, visit us in the Shrewsbury showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!