While it may seem like you’ve got plenty of time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Cape Cod. Colder weather is on the horizon. Luckily, 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 can be a great tool in keeping your home warm during the winter. First and foremost, assess to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are typically 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 bring temperatures down 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 significant impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can influence your home’s heating efficiency. You should 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 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 an indication of moisture damage. You’ll want to have a professional to review the cracks and help you decide 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 Cape Cod professionals a call at 508-638-5897, visit us in the Cape Cod showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!