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Winter-ify Your Home with These Prep Tips

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While it may seem like you’ve got some time to prepare for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Calgary. Colder weather is on the horizon. Fortunately, there are tools you can use to make sure your home is ready. Here are several areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.

Windows
Windows can be a great tool in keeping your home warm throughout winter. First and foremost, check 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 colder temps out and heat in your home. If you’re not in need of replacement windows, you should still check your windows to make sure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can bring temperatures down 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.

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 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 extra barrier to your home, and can help optimize energy efficiency.

Exterior
If you’ve seen some cracks in the exterior of your home, it is the ideal 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 determine the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, remember 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 Calgary professionals a call at 403-681-6363, visit us in the Calgary showroom or arrange an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!