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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 prep for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Washington DC. Colder weather is on the horizon. However, 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 all winter long. First and foremost, check 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 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 are another way to keep cozy. 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 reduce heat loss.

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 influence 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 seen 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 take a look at 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 Washington DC experts a call at (301) 327-3013, visit us in the Washington DC showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!

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