3 Ways to Winterize Your Home In Denver12/14/2016Gary Harding 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 the great things that winter offers. 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 reduce drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. 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 nearly 70% better than a regular wood shutter and impede as much as 30° of airflow through the window. Getting a home audit to find how air may be escaping your home and what can be done to fix it. 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. Here’s what you can do: Clear your gutters of blockage 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 can rupture and result in major trouble for your house. Depending on your climate and home, you’ll need to speak with a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping heat tape around them. Be sure to keep your thermostat at at least 55 degrees at night, especially if you’re out of town. 3. Get Professional Inspections You need to make sure your home is running in tip-top shape when winter begins. Yearly inspections of the most important systems in the home can ensure your home is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, 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. Before winter sets in 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. Relax and Enjoy The Season Once your house is prepared 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 space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Denver at 720-538-0182 for a free in-home consultation.