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3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Kingsport

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Are you prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Kingsport to get ready for the season so you’re able to enjoy all the things that winter has to offer.

Plantation shutters in a corner window 

1. Minimize drafts

Drafts in your space result in higher energy costs. And even if our Kingsport winter might be mild, fixing drafty areas can also keep your house cool during the summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by:

  • Adding extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Consult with a professional to determine if your current insulation is sufficient.

  • Examining 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 regular wood shutter and block close to 30° of airflow.

  • Getting an energy audit to learn how air might be escaping your home and what extra steps you can take to fix it.

Kingsport home gym with shuttered windows.

2. Prevent water damage

Water damage can ruin your holiday cheer. Prior to when the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take precautionary measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, rather than finding its way to 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. Blocked gutters can lead to dams which can harm your roof or cause water to leak into your house.

  • 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 all times, 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.

  • Ventilation and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are some of the biggest 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.

Kingsport fireplace with white shutters.

Enjoy The Season

When your home is prepared 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 part of your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Kingsport at 276-685-5343 for a complimentary in-home consultation.

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