While it might seem like you’ve got plenty of time to prep for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Fargo. Colder weather is about here. However, there are tools you can use to confirm 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 throughout winter. First and foremost, assess 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 make sure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can lower the temps and make your home feel drafty.
You can also use your curtains to stay comfortable. 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 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 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 added barrier to your home, and can help optimize 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 warning of moisture damage. You’ll want to consult with a professional to evaluate the cracks and help you identify 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 Fargo professionals a call at 701-281-1390, visit us in the Fargo showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We’d be happy to give you some assistance!