While it could seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to get ready for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Champaign. Colder weather is on the horizon. However, there are tools you can use to confirm your home is ready. Here are several areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.
Windows can be a useful tool in keeping your house warm all winter long. First and foremost, check 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 cold 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 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 large 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 think about installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an extra barrier to your home, and can help enhance energy efficiency.
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 take a look at the cracks and help you decide the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, don’t forget 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 Champaign experts a call at 217-356-6474, visit us in the Champaign showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!