While it could seem like you’ve got plenty of time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Long Island. Colder weather is on the way. 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 can be a powerful 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 can also help with your home comfort. 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 avoid losing heat.
Your replacement doors can have a big impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can lower 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 additional barrier to your home, and can help optimize energy efficiency.
If you’ve noticed 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 review 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 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 Long Island professionals a call at 516-331-0031, visit us in the Long Island showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!