3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Kingsport12/14/2016Jacob Hayes Winter is coming. Is your house prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Kingsport to get ready for the season so you can enjoy the great things that winter brings with it. 1. Minimize drafts Drafts in your home result in higher energy costs. And even if our Kingsport winter might be mild, fixing drafty areas can also keep your house cool in the summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Consult with a professional to learn if your current insulation is sufficient. Examining your windows and doors 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 regular wood shutter and block close to 30° of airflow. Getting an energy audit to find how air might be escaping your home and what you can do to fix it. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can dampen your holiday cheer. Prior to when the temperature dips or a wet winter season begins, take preemptive measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, rather than going where it might damage your home. Take a look at what you can do: Clear your gutters of any leaves or debris so that water and melted snow can flow through them. Obstructed gutters can lead to dams which can harm your roof or result in water leaking inside. Keep your pipes warm because frozen water pipes may burst and cause major interior damage. Hinging on your climate and home, you may want to talk to a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping them with heat tape. Be sure to keep your thermostat at at least 55 degrees at night, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections When winter begins, you need to make sure your house is running in top shape. Annual inspections of the most important systems in the home can assure that your home is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are some of the most notable energy sinks in your home. An inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. Now is also a great time to have your water heater flushed out to prevent buildup. Chimney. Inspections allow you to enjoy the ambiance of your fireplace without worrying about soot buildup. Enjoy The Season When your home is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in Kingsport, from a coffee by the fireplace to gatherings with familyl. And if you’re in the mood for a brand-new look for your space this winter, contact us to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Kingsport at 276-378-7422 for a complimentary in-home consultation.