Is your home ready for the winter?

When the outdoors are cold, you want to stay warm indoors. Keeping your house warm and cozy during the wintertime means more than just a well-working furnace. You must also keep that warm air in and the cold air out. Check out these suggestions for keeping your home energy efficient.

Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones

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Outdated windows and doors allow unwanted cold drafts to enter your home.  The simplest and most energy-efficient solution would be to replace these windows and doors with newer ones.  Windows and doors on the market today are double or triple-paned to keep the cold out during the winter and the hot out during the summer.

If you want a more budget-friendly option, try installing a glaze or film over your windows.  Instead of replacing your doors, you could install storm doors which will add an extra layer of insulation from the cold. If you are not sure what your windows and doors need, call a professional for a consultation.

Seal doors and windows to prevent drafts

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When doors and windows are not properly sealed, cold drafts can affect the temperature in your home.  Doors and windows should be sufficiently insulated with the proper sealant and weather stripping. 

Sealing windows could be as simple as caulking the gaps around the frame or ensuring that windows are able to latch and close properly.  Exterior doors should have weather stripping around the edges to seal the door from the outside air.  Rotten or worn-out weather-stripping can make your house lose a lot of warmth during the cold season.

Properly insulate your home

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If it seems as though your heating unit struggles with warming your home, there could be a problem with the insulation in your home.  You will want to make sure that the attic and crawl spaces of your home are evenly insulated.  You may even consider adding extra insulation to your attic since hot air rises and can escape through the attic.  

Another consideration for insulating your home is to install insulated vinyl siding. Not only would this be a great way to make your home more energy efficient it can also add a new look to your home. If insulated vinyl siding is not in your budget, try replacing your rigid foam insulation with one that has a higher insulation factor.

It is important to make sure that your home is properly winterized before or during the cold season. The upfront cost for replacing windows, doors, and siding or to maintain proper insulation can save you money in the long run. Save money on your heating bill during the winter months, contact us today for a free consultation.

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