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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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While it might seem like you’ve got plenty of time to prep for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Minneapolis. Colder weather is on the horizon. Fortunately, there are tools you can use to make sure your home is ready. Here are some areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.

Windows
Windows can be a great tool in keeping your house warm throughout winter. 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 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 make sure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can lower the temps and make your home feel drafty.

Your curtains can also help with your home comfort. During the day, opening curtains lets in sunlight to bring 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 significant impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can reduce your home’s heating efficiency. Take the time to 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 observed 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 have a professional to review 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 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 Minneapolis team a call at 612-249-7371, visit us in the Minneapolis showroom or arrange an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!