While it may seem like you’ve got plenty of time to prep for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Santa Fe. Colder weather is about here. However, 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 can be a useful tool in keeping your house warm during the winter. First and foremost, check 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 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.
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.
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. 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 additional barrier to your home, and can help improve 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, be sure to protect exterior faucets to avoid burst pipes and damage 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 Santa Fe experts a call at 505-373-1286, visit us in the Santa Fe showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!