While it may seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Grand Rapids. Colder weather is on the way. Luckily, there are tools you can use to confirm 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 all winter long. First and foremost, look 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 ensure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can lower the temps 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 reduce heat loss.
Your replacement doors can have a significant impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can influence 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 added barrier to your home, and can help improve energy efficiency.
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 a sign of moisture damage. You’ll want to have a professional to take a look at the cracks and help you determine 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 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 Grand Rapids experts a call at 616-201-0206, visit us in the Grand Rapids showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!