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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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While it might seem like you’ve got plenty of time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Roanoke. 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
Windows can be a great 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 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 make sure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can drop the temperatures 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.

Doors
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. You should check for gaps and seal them before winter starts. You should also consider installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an extra barrier to your home, and can help enhance energy efficiency.

Exterior
If you’ve noticed 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 an indication of moisture damage. You’ll want to bring in 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 Roanoke team a call at 540-466-1918, visit us in the Roanoke showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!