3 Projects to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Dallas12/14/2016Collins Jones Winter is coming. Is your home ready? Here are 3 things you can do in Dallas to get ready for the season so you can relax and enjoy everything that winter has to offer. 1. Decrease drafts Drafts in your space mean higher energy bills. And even if our Dallas winter might be mild, fixing drafty areas can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and minimize drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your home’s extremities. Speak with a professional to learn if your current situation is sufficient. Testing your doors and windows for leaks and caulking gaps that you find. Installing energy-efficient window treatments such as Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a traditional wood shutter and block close to 30 degrees of airflow. Getting a home audit to learn where air is leaking out of your house and what can be done to fix it. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can ruin your holiday plans. Prior to when the temperature falls or a wet winter season begins, take preventative measures to keep water where it belongs, rather than ending up where it might damage your house. Take a look at what you can do: Clear your gutters out so that water and melted snow can easily run out. Blocked gutters can result in dams which can damage your roof or result in water leaking through your ceiling. Keep your pipes toasty because frozen water pipes are likely to rupture 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. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55° at all times, especially if you’re out of town. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections When winter begins, you need to ensure that your house is running in tip-top form. Yearly inspections of key systems in your house can assure that yours is safe and energy efficient. Ventilation and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are some of the biggest energy sinks in your house. An inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Before winter sets in is also the perfect time to get your water heater flushed out to remove buildup. Chimney. Inspections allow you to enjoy the ambiance of your chimney worry-free. Enjoy This Winter When your house is ready for winter, you can enjoy all the season offers in Dallas, from a drink by the fireplace to parties with guests. And if you’re in the mood for a brand-new look for your space this winter, drop us a line to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any part of your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Dallas at 214-301-5066 for a complimentary in-home consultation.