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3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Denver

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Is your home ready? Here are 3 things you can do in Denver to prepare for the season so you’re able to relax and enjoy all the things that winter offers.

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1. Lessen drafts

Drafts in your home mean higher energy costs. And even if the Denver winter is mild, servicing drafty rooms can also keep your house cool in the summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by:

  • Putting in extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Consult with a professional to find out if your current situation is up to snuff.

  • Testing your windows and doors 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 regular wood shutter and repel as much as 30° of airflow through the window.

  • Getting a home audit to learn how air might be escaping your home and what can be done to fix it.

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2. Protect against water damage

Water damage can hose down your winter plans. Before the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take preventative measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, instead of going where it could damage your house. Take a look at what you can do:

  • Clear your gutters of blockage 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 are likely to rupture and result in major trouble for your house. Depending on your climate and home, you’ll need to consult 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 degrees at all times, especially if you’re away from home.

3. Get Professional Inspections

You need to make sure your home is running in tip-top shape when winter begins. Yearly check-ups of the most important systems in the home can ensure your home is safe and energy efficient.

  • Ventilation and water heater. Your ventilation system and water heater are some of the biggest energy users in your home. An inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. This time of year is also a great time to get your water heater flushed out to remove buildup.

  • Chimney. Inspections let you make use of the ambiance of your fireplace worry-free.

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Relax and Enjoy The Season

Once your house is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy all the season offers in Denver, from a night by the fireplace to parties with friends. And if you’re looking for a new look for your home 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 Denver at 720-538-0182 for a free in-home consultation.

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