3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Colorado Springs12/14/2016Gary Harding Winter is coming. Is your home prepared? Here are 3 things you can do in Colorado Springs to prepare for the coming season so you’re able to relax and enjoy all the things that winter offers. 1. Minimize drafts Drafts in your room mean higher energy bills. And even if the Colorado Springs winter is mild, servicing drafty areas can also make sure your home stays cool come summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and minimize drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Speak with a professional to find out if your current insulation is up to snuff. Examining your doors and windows for leaks and caulking gaps that you find. Installing energy-efficient window treatments like Polywood® plantation shutters with built-in weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% more effectively than a common wood shutter and block up to 30° of airflow. Getting an energy audit to see how air is escaping your home and what you can do to fix it. 2. Prevent water damage Water damage can hose down your winter fun. Before the temperature dips or the wet season starts, take preventative measures to keep water where it belongs, rather than finding its way to where it might damage your house. Take a look at what you can do: Clean your gutters of any leaves or debris so that any precipitation can easily run out. Blocked gutters can lead to dams which can damage your roof or result in water leaking through your ceiling. Keep your pipes heated since frozen water pipes can rupture and result in major interior damage. Hinging on your climate and home, you’ll need to speak with a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping them with heat tape. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55 degrees on chilly nights, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Get Professional Inspections You need to make sure your home is running in top shape when winter begins. Annual check-ups of key systems in the home can ensure your home is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are some of the most notable energy users in your home. An inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. Before winter sets in is also a great time to get your water heater flushed out to get rid of buildup. Chimney. Inspections allow you to enjoy the ambiance of your fireplace while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Relax and Enjoy The Season When your home is prepared for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in Colorado Springs, from a drink by the fireplace to get-togethers with guests. And if you’re looking for a new look for your place this winter, get in touch with us to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any part of your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs at 303-625-6431 for a free in-home consultation.