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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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While it might seem like you’ve got some time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Edmonton. Colder weather is on the horizon. However, there are tools you can use to ensure your home is ready. Here are some areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.

Windows
Windows can be a great tool in keeping your indoor space warm during the winter. First and foremost, assess to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are usually more energy efficient as opposed to 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.

You can also use your curtains to stay comfortable. During the day, opening curtains lets in sunlight to create 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 large impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can lower 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.

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 take a look at the cracks and help you identify 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 harm 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 Edmonton experts a call at 780-439-9344, visit us in the Edmonton showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!