While it could seem like you’ve got some time to prep for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Birmingham. 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 useful tool in keeping your house warm throughout winter. First and foremost, assess to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are usually more energy efficient compared to 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 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 avoid losing heat.
Your replacement doors can have a large 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 contemplate installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an added barrier to your home, and can help enhance energy efficiency.
If you’ve observed 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 an indication of moisture damage. You’ll want to have a professional to evaluate 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 Birmingham team a call at 205-778-2050, visit us in the Birmingham showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!