Preparing Your Home for Winter

by Rachel Lyon, Direct from the Designers™’ Assistant Editorial Director

It’s time to start thinking about how to get ready for the quickly approaching cold season. A well-insulated home to protect against frigid temperatures and rising heating bills is the first step to having a cozy winter, but there’s always something more you can do. Here are some of our favorite winterizing products to help make sure you're prepared for the impending chill.

This mountain home maintains its energy efficiency despite being outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows. The Wood-Ultrex Windows from Integrity® from Marvin® Windows and Doors are ENERGY STAR® approved, so the amazing views are not lost to the cold.

Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors Wood-Ultrex Windows

Energy-Efficient Windows

Admiring snowfall from the inside can still make you chilly, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could appreciate the scenery without suffering for it? Insulated windows are a must-have for anybody who wants to save on heating and enjoy a cozy winter. If you have older windows, it’s more than just heat being lost through the panes—they are probably allowing air to leak around the frame after years of expanding and contracting with the seasons.

Windows made by Integrity® from Marvin® Windows and Doors are made with Ultrex® fiberglass, which is a stronger material that is less prone to thermal expansion and contraction than other window options. They have a longer life expectancy than vinyl windows and come with a 20-year warranty on glass seals, so you can be sure that they won’t fail you through the years. Every Integrity Windows product meets or exceeds federal ENERGY STAR® guidelines, and there are several options for insulating gases and glass coatings that can be mixed and matched to meet your unique needs. Find your local Integrity dealer to learn about the possibilities!

A gorgeous entry door with decorative glass can still be energy efficient, as shown by this Classic-Craft® Mahogany Collection™ door by Therma-Tru® Doors, which is ENERGY STAR® qualified in the northern climate zone.

Therma-Tru Doors Classic-Craft Mahogany Collection

Insulating Doors

In much the same way as windows, doors can be a major source of heat loss. If your door is less insulated than your walls, or if the seal in the frame leaks, you’ll feel the cold seeping in. It’s bad enough that you lose heat whenever you open the door—don’t let it work against you when it’s closed, too!

Make sure your next door is insulated to keep you comfortable throughout the winter. Take a look at the stunning selection available from Therma-Tru® Doors, which specializes in making beautiful fiberglass entry doors that can withstand extreme weather conditions. Polyurethane foam cores and triple-paned decorative glass options mean that Therma-Tru’s® doors are insulated and winter-ready. Check out the ENERGY STAR® qualified door configurations and fall in love with a design that will help keep you warm this winter.

Use the new Home Generator Sizing Calculator from Eaton to determine the best backup power solution for your home in case severe weather interrupts your electricity.

Eaton Generator

Be Ready for Inclement Weather with a Backup Plan

Mother Nature throws some curveballs. When a storm is severe and power lines all over the region are damaged, it can be a disaster. Depending on where you live, it could take days or even weeks to get electricity again, so be prepared with backup power so your home can still function in the interim.

A generator will give you light, heat, the ability to charge your cell phone—all things you can easily take for granted until they’re gone. You don't want to lose everything in your refrigerator during a power outage when you’re unable to go out for provisions, and you'll definitely always want to be able to call for help in case you must leave your house.

While the potential is always there, most people don’t get generators until after a serious outage. Be ready ahead of time and choose the appropriate alternative power solution for your home with Eaton's Home Generator Sizing Calculator. After inputting information such as the size of your home and the types of appliances you’d like to run during an outage, this useful online and mobile-friendly tool will suggest the best generator for you. This simplified approach will save homeowners and contractors both time and money by taking the guesswork out of the selection process.

The time to prepare for times of need is before they happen. Get a standby generator to automatically supply your home with electricity when your utility power fails, and trust Eaton, the global leader in power management solutions, to connect you with your ideal product. Use the calculator now to get started!

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