Winter is coming. Is your home prepared? Here are 3 things you can do to get ready for the season so you can enjoy everything that winter offers.

1. Reduce air drafts

Drafts in your room mean higher energy bills. And even if your winter is mild, fixing drafty areas can also keep your home cool in the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and minimize drafts by:

  • Adding extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Consult with a professional to see if your current situation is sufficient.
  • Inspecting your windows and doors for leaks and caulking gaps that you find.
  • Installing energy-efficient window treatments such as Polywood® plantation shutters with weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a traditional wood shutter and block as much as 30 degrees of airflow through the window.
  • Getting an energy audit to see where air is leaking out of your home and what extra steps you can take to fix it.
Draft-blocking window treatments are especially important in rooms with windows on multiple walls.
Draft-blocking window treatments are especially important in rooms with windows on multiple walls.
 

2. Go on the offensive against water damage

Water damage can dampen your holiday cheer. Before the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take preventative measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, instead of going where it could damage your home. Steps to take include:

  • Clean your gutters of any leaves or debris so that water and melted snow can flow through them. Blocked gutters can lead to ice dams which can damage your roof or cause water to leak into your house.
  • Keep your pipes toasty since frozen water pipes can burst and cause major interior damage. Depending on your climate and home, you may want to talk to a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping heat tape around them. Remember to keep your thermostat at at least 55 degrees on chilly nights, especially if you’re out of town.

3. Get Professional Inspections

You want to make sure your home is running in tip-top shape when winter comes. Annual inspections of key systems in your house can ensure your home is safe and energy efficient.

  • HVAC and water heater.  Your HVAC and water heater are two of the biggest energy hogs in your home. An HVAC and water heater inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Before winter sets in is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to prevent buildup.
  • Chimney. Chimney inspections let you enjoy the ambiance of your chimney while being confident that your chimney is safe to run.
With the proper preparation, your fireplace can take a rest this winter.
 

Enjoy This Winter Season

Once your home is ready for winter, you can enjoy everything the season offers, from a coffee by the fireplace to game nights with friends. And if you’re looking for a new look for your home this winter, contact us to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any room in your home. Get started by calling 877-786-2877 for a free in-home consultation.