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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 get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Scottsdale. Colder weather is about here. Luckily, there are tools you can use to confirm your home is ready. Here are some 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, look to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are generally more energy efficient compared 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 confirm 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 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 large 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 consider installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an extra barrier to your home, and can help enhance energy efficiency.

Exterior
If you’ve seen 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 warning of moisture damage. You’ll want to have a professional to take a look at the cracks and help you identify the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, be sure 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 Scottsdale experts a call at 480-296-2022, visit us in the Scottsdale showroom or arrange an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!