While it might seem like you’ve got a fair amount of time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Albuquerque. Colder weather is on the way. However, there are tools you can use to ensure your home is ready. Here are several areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.
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 typically 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 ensure 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 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 prevent the loss of heat.
Your replacement doors can have a significant impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can lower your home’s heating efficiency. Make sure to check for gaps and seal them before winter starts. You should also contemplate installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an extra barrier to your home, and can help improve energy efficiency.
If you’ve observed 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 sign of moisture damage. You’ll want to consult with a professional to review the cracks and help you determine 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 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 Albuquerque experts a call at 505-373-1296, visit us in the Albuquerque showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!