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3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Salt Lake City

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Is your house prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Salt Lake City to prep for the season so you can relax and enjoy all the things that winter offers.

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1. Reduce 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 make sure your home stays cool in the summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and reduce drafts by:

  • Installing extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Talk 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 built-in weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% better than a regular wood shutter and repel as much as 30 degrees of airflow.

  • Getting an energy audit to learn where air may be leaking out of your home and what can be done to fix it.

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2. Protect against water damage

Water damage can ruin your holiday plans. Before the temperature dips or the wet season starts, take precautionary measures to keep water where it belongs, instead of finding its way to 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 into your house.

  • Make sure your pipes are toasty because frozen water pipes are likely to burst and result in major trouble for your house. Hinging on your local weather 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 at night, especially if you’re away from home.

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 assure that your home is safe and energy efficient.

  • Heating, AC, and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are two of the biggest energy users in your house. An inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. Before winter sets in is also an ideal time to have your water heater flushed out to remove blockage.

  • Chimney. Inspections let you enjoy the ambiance of your fireplace without worrying about soot buildup.

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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 guests. And if you’re looking for a stylish new look for your space this winter, drop us a line to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City at 801-515-3598 for a free in-home consultation.