3 Ways to Winterize Your Home In Salt Lake City12/14/2016Matt Thelander Winter is coming. Are you prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Salt Lake City to prepare for the season so you can relax and enjoy all the things that winter offers. 1. Decrease drafts Drafts in your space mean higher energy bills. And even if the Salt Lake City winter may be mild, servicing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Speak with a professional to find out if your current situation is sufficient. Examining your windows and doors for air moving through any gaps that you find. Installing energy-efficient window treatments like Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% more effectively than a regular wood shutter and impede as much as 30 degrees of airflow. Getting an energy audit to learn where air might be seeping out of your home and what can be done to fix it. 2. Protect against water damage Water damage can ruin your holiday plans. Before the temperature dips or the wet season starts, take preemptive measures to keep water where it belongs, instead of going where it might damage your house. Here’s what you can do: Clean your gutters of any leaves or debris so that any precipitation can easily run out. Plugged gutters can lead to dams which can damage your roof or cause water to leak inside. Make sure your pipes are toasty because frozen water pipes can burst and result in major trouble for your house. Hinging on your local weather and home, you’ll need to consult a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping them with heat tape. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55 degrees at night, especially if you’re out of town. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections When winter begins, you want to make sure your house is running in top shape. Yearly inspections of the most important systems in your house can ensure your home is safe and energy efficient. Ventilation and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are two of the biggest energy hogs in your house. An inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. Before winter sets in is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to remove blockage. Chimney. Inspections let you take advantage of the ambiance of your fireplace without worrying about soot buildup. Relax and Enjoy The Season When your home is prepared for winter, you can enjoy all the season offers in Salt Lake City, from a night by the fireplace to gatherings with familyl. And if you’re looking for a brand-new look for your space this winter, drop us a line to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any part of your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City at 801-515-3598 for a free in-home consultation.