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3 Projects to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Dallas

December 14, 2016

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.

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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 make sure your home stays cool in the summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and minimize drafts by:

  • Putting in extra insulation to your home’s extremities. Talk with a professional to determine if your current situation is sufficient.

  • Testing your doors and windows for any gaps or leaks 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 normal wood shutter and block close to 30 degrees of airflow.

  • Getting a home audit to learn where air is seeping out of your house and what can be done to fix it.

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2. Prevent water damage

Water damage can dampen 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. Here’s what you can do:

  • Clean your gutters of any leaves or debris so that water and melted snow can easily run out. Obstructed 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 can rupture and cause major damage to your home. 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 night, especially if you’re away from home.

3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections

You want to ensure that your house is running in top form when winter begins. Yearly inspections of key systems in your house can ensure yours is safe and energy efficient.

  • Heating, AC, 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 let you take advantage of the ambiance of your chimney worry-free.

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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.

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