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With January right around the corner, those who live in Indianapolis come to expect snowfall and bitter cold temperatures. Unfortunately, cold temperatures can wreak havoc on your home along with a spike in your utility bills.

The good news is that you’re not completely defenseless against Old Man Winter. With proper preparation, you can survive the coldest temperatures of the winter season. Here is how you can make sure that your home’s performance stays in tip-top shape this winter:

Block Out Unwanted Drafts

When you’re trying to keep your home warm and cozy this winter, the last thing you want is to feel cold air make its way through your home windows. The good news is that there are several ways to remedy this situation, and the best pick depends on the age of your windows and other efficiency factors.

Weather stripping can make a big difference on the performance of your windows. If you’re looking for a way to get by for the winter, consider installing new weather stripping on your doors and windows—this is a quick fix to blocking drafts.

On the other hand, you might need more than just weather stripping to make your home warmer. The best way to prepare your home for the blast of winter is replacing outdated windows with efficient replacement windows. Choose energy saving glass packages with argon or krypton gases for best results.

Protect Your Pipes

Pipes are an easy component of your home to forget about any time of year, and that includes winter. However, the freezing temperatures of Indianapolis creates ample opportunity to freezing and bursting pipes. The last thing most homeowners want to deal with is frozen pipes during the winter, but there are several ways you can prepare.

The pipes that are most at risk for freezing is exterior plumbing and pipes located in the walls. Inexpensive foam insulation can help prevent frozen pipes, and it’s also a good idea to keep garage doors closed that contain pipes. Don’t forget to open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to help warm air circulate.

Trim Tree Branches

This might be one of the last tasks you’ll think about during the winter, but trimming tree branches before winter strikes serves a big purpose: protecting your roof. When tree limbs become heavy from ice and snow accumulation, they can come tumbling down on your roof and cause damage to shingles, gutters, and more.

If you aren’t comfortable climbing up the ladder to trim questionable tree branches, don’t hesitate to contact a professional company for help.

Universal Windows Direct is highly experienced at making your home more efficient for winter weather. Contact us today to learn more.