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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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While it may seem like you’ve got plenty of time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Asheville. Colder weather is about here. However, 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
Windows can be a useful tool in keeping your home warm throughout winter. First and foremost, assess to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are usually more energy efficient compared 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 ensure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can drop the temperatures 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 prevent the loss of heat.

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. Make sure to check for gaps and seal them before winter starts. You should also contemplate installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an additional 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 a warning of moisture damage. You’ll want to bring in a professional to evaluate the cracks and help you decide the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, remember 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 Asheville experts a call at 828-202-8673, visit us in the Asheville showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!