While it might seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Mt. Pleasant. Colder weather is on the horizon. Luckily, there are tools you can use to ensure your home is ready. Here are several areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.
Windows can be a useful tool in keeping your house warm during the winter. First and foremost, look 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 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 confirm they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can lower the temps 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 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 reduce your home’s heating efficiency. Make sure to check for gaps and seal them before winter starts. You should also contemplate 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 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 Mt. Pleasant team a call at 989-317-2558, visit us in the Mt. Pleasant showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!