3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Hartford12/14/2016Holly Perron Winter is coming. Is your home prepared? Here are 3 things you can do in Hartford to get ready for the coming season so you’re able to relax and enjoy everything that winter brings with it. 1. Decrease drafts Drafts in your home result in higher energy costs. And even if our Hartford winter may be mild, servicing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Speak with a professional to learn if your current insulation is sufficient. Examining your doors and windows for air moving through any gaps that you find. Installing energy-efficient window treatments such as Polywood® plantation shutters with built-in weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a traditional wood shutter and repel close to 30° of airflow. Getting an energy audit to find how air is seeping out of your house and what can be done to fix it. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can hose down your winter fun. Before the temperature drops too low or the wet season starts, take precautionary measures to keep water where it belongs, instead of ending up where it could damage your home. Steps to take include: Clear your gutters out so that any precipitation can easily run out. Plugged gutters can lead to dams which can harm your roof or result in water leaking through your ceiling. Make sure your pipes are toasty since frozen water pipes may burst and cause major damage to your home. Depending on your local weather and home, you may want to speak with a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping heat tape around them. Be sure to keep your thermostat at at least 55° at night, especially if you’re away from home. 3. Get Your Home Inspected You need to ensure that your house is running in perfect shape when winter starts. Annual inspections of the most important systems in the home can make sure yours is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are some of the most active energy sinks in your home. An inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. This time of year is also a great time to have your water heater flushed out to get rid of buildup. Chimney. Inspections let you take advantage of the ambiance of your fireplace while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Relax and Enjoy The Season Once your house is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in Hartford, from a drink by the fireplace to get-togethers with friends. And if you’re in the mood for a brand-new look for your space this winter, get in touch with us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any room in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Hartford at 860-266-5459 for a free in-home consultation.