While it may seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Lafayette. Colder weather is about here. 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 powerful tool in keeping your home warm throughout winter. First and foremost, assess to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are typically more energy efficient compared to older models. Double-pane windows and other newer technology work to keep cold 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 bring temperatures down and make your home feel drafty.
Your curtains can also help with your home comfort. During the day, opening curtains lets in sunlight to bring 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 big 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 improve energy efficiency.
If you’ve noticed 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 a warning of moisture damage. You’ll want to bring in a professional to evaluate the cracks and help you identify 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 Lafayette team a call at 317-983-5804, visit us in the Lafayette showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!