While it might seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Baltimore. Colder weather is on the way. Luckily, there are tools you can use to confirm your home is ready. Here are a few areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.
Windows can be a great tool in keeping your house warm all winter long. First and foremost, check 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 confirm 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 prevent the loss of 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 reduce your home’s heating efficiency. Make sure to check for gaps and seal them before winter starts. You should also consider installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an added 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 warning of moisture damage. You’ll want to bring in 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 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 Baltimore team a call at 301-637-0762, visit us in the Baltimore showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!