Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips
While it could seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Victoria. Colder weather is about here. However, there are tools you can use to make sure your home is ready. Here are some areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.
Windows can be a useful tool in keeping your house warm during the winter. First and foremost, check to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are generally more energy efficient as opposed 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 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 prevent the loss of heat.
Your replacement doors can have a big 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 think about installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an extra barrier to your home, and can help improve energy efficiency.
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 review the cracks and help you decide the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, remember to protect exterior faucets to avoid burst pipes and destruction 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 Victoria professionals a call at 250-475-1277, visit us in the Victoria showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!