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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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

Windows
Windows can be a powerful tool in keeping your home warm during the winter. First and foremost, check 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 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 ensure 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 reduce heat loss.

Doors
Your replacement doors can have a big 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 contemplate installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an added barrier to your home, and can help enhance energy efficiency.

Exterior
If you’ve noticed some cracks in the exterior of your home, now is the time to get them fixed. Deterioration to the outside of your home, especially wood surfaces, can be a sign of moisture damage. You’ll want to have 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 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 Portsmouth experts a call at 603-945-0181, visit us in the Portsmouth showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!

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