Cozy home with Pella windows and doors

Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

Published on

While it may seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Bloomington. Colder weather is on the way. Luckily, there are tools you can use to confirm your home is ready. Here are several areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.

Windows
Windows can be a useful tool in keeping your house warm during the winter. First and foremost, look 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 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 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 avoid losing 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 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.

Exterior
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 an indication of moisture damage. You’ll want to consult with a professional to evaluate the cracks and help you determine the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, remember 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 Bloomington experts a call at 309-663-7132, visit us in the Bloomington showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!