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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 Ketchum. Colder weather is about here. Luckily, 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
Windows can be a powerful tool in keeping your indoor space warm all winter long. First and foremost, look to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are generally more energy efficient than 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 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 create 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 big impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can influence your home’s heating efficiency. Take the time to check for gaps and seal them before winter starts. You should also consider installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an added barrier to your home, and can help enhance energy efficiency.

Exterior
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 consult with a professional to evaluate 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 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 Ketchum experts a call at 208-726-0060, visit us in the Ketchum showroom or book an in-home consultation with us online. We will gladly give you some assistance!