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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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While it may seem like you’ve got plenty of time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Petoskey. Colder weather is on the way. However, there are tools you can use to make sure your home is ready. Here are several areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.

Windows
Windows can be a powerful tool in keeping your house warm all winter long. 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 cold 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 are another way to keep cozy. 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.

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 lower 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 additional barrier to your home, and can help enhance energy efficiency.

Exterior
If you’ve seen 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 an indication of moisture damage. You’ll want to have a professional to evaluate the cracks and help you decide 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 Petoskey professionals a call at 231-622-4417, visit us in the Petoskey showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!