Though the skies might be sunny and the temperatures warm now, it won't be too long before the weather cools down substantially. With this change comes the increased possibility of winter storms, which could take a toll on your house. The following tips are designed for you to proactively protect your home and minimize the possibility of it being damaged by winter storms.


1. Check Your Yard

The way your yard is graded can make a huge difference in how it weathers the rain and snow of winter. Make sure that fall leaves are raked and disposed of on a regular basis to aid in draining. Don't plant trees near your house and keep their canopy at least two feet away from it as well. Check that the grade of your yard is such that it slopes away from your house.


2. Make Sure Your Windows and Doors Don't Have Air Leaks

With the average household spending over $1,000 each year on heating and cooling costs, it makes sense to look for ways to reduce air leakage from your home. One of the primary areas that air leaks from is through doors and windows. EcoMaxx windows are designed with internal chambers that provide superior structural integrity, energy efficiency and rigidity.


3. Update Your Insulation

When is the last time you thought about your attic? If you're like most homeowners, you don't give it much thought at all unless it's time to bring down the holiday decorations. This could be a mistake if your attic doesn't have enough insulation. Because it's common to have air leaks in the attic, the simple act of adding insulation can reduce your energy consumption and your utility bills this winter.


4. Maintain Your Gutters

Not only do gutters give the exterior of your home a finished look, they also serve a valuable purpose. Your gutters are responsible for funneling rainwater and snow runoff away from your home. In order for them to be able to do that, though, you'll need to clean them on a regular basis. As the autumn leaves fall, this usually means that you'll need to clean your gutters out more often.


At The Window Store, we installed high-quality EcoMaxx windows. If your home sustains storm damage this winter, we're your trusted source for repairs. Contact our team today for help preparing for winter or for a free estimate for our services.