While it might seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Newport. 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 can be a great tool in keeping your house warm all winter long. First and foremost, assess 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 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.
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.
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 contemplate installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an additional barrier to your home, and can help enhance energy efficiency.
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 a sign of moisture damage. You’ll want to bring in a professional to evaluate the cracks and help you determine the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, be sure to protect exterior faucets to avoid burst pipes and destruction 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 Newport experts a call at 401-314-0814, visit us in the Newport showroom or arrange an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!