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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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While it might seem like you’ve got some time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Beltsville. Colder weather is on the horizon. Fortunately, 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 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 compared 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 confirm 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 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 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. You should 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 optimize 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 consult with 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 Beltsville professionals a call at (301) 327-3013, visit us in the Beltsville showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!