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As winter approaches, it’s likely your checklist of what your home needs to weather the cold and snow has made an appearance. Winterizing your home can look different for each homeowner’s specific needs, especially as related to different parts of the country. For a colder climate, though, it’s a necessity.
Here are some of our top tips on making sure your home is prepared to thrive in winter.
Before you start needing your heating system to be comfortable, get it checked out and make sure it’s set to last out the season. Waking up to home with freezing temperatures is not a pleasant way to start your day! If you have any doubts about your HVAC system lasting the season, it could be worth your peace of mind to call your HVAC technician while temperatures are not freezing just yet.
Insulation can play as much of a role as your HVAC system in keeping your home comfortable year-round. It wraps your home in a layer of protective cushioning, keeping the heat in or out depending on the season. You’ll find insulation in unexpected places too — your siding choices could play a role in how well-insulated your home is. Well-insulated double-pane windows with plenty of thermal protection and doors with insulated cores like polyurethane can play a part in insulating your home as well.
Weatherstripping is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind way to keep your home cozier in the winter. It’s found around the edges of doors and windows, preventing air infiltration from the outdoors with a tight seal to deter drafts of chilly winter air from finding their way in. Additionally, it’s a great way to promote energy efficiency in your home, possibly showing you cost savings on your utility bills!
Insulating your pipes is a good option to keep them from becoming too cold to operate and potentially bursting. Plus, as an additional measure when temperatures become extreme, leave your faucets dripping to protect them from freezing over. If you have a cabinet under your sink, leave it open while it’s dripping to allow further warm air from your home near the pipes. Insulating before it comes to worrying about burst pipes is probably a better solution, though!
Storm doors offer a good first line of defense for your front door against the cold and wet, snowy weather winter brings. They give your front door another solid line of insulating protection from the outdoor air. Plus, with our storm doors’ dual-weatherstripping design, you’ll be able to rest assured your home’s warmth will stay inside where it belongs.
Window World offers replacement doors and windows made with quality, longevity and energy efficiency in mind. With doors and windows expertly crafted to insulate, protect and provide plenty of curb appeal, we’re more than happy to be a part of how you winterize your home for this year. Want to learn more about how our doors and windows could play a role in reducing your utility bills with energy efficiency measures and make your home comfortable no matter the time of year? Get in touch with us to learn more and receive a free estimate!