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3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In St. George

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Are you ready? Here are 3 things you can do in St. George to prepare for the coming season so you’re able to relax and enjoy the great things that winter has to offer.

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1. Lessen drafts

Drafts in your space mean higher energy bills. And even if the St. George winter is mild, servicing drafty spots can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and minimize drafts by:

  • Installing extra insulation to your home’s extremities. Consult with a professional to determine if your current insulation is enough.

  • Examining your windows and doors for leaks and caulking gaps that you find.

  • Installing energy-efficient window coverings like Polywood® plantation shutters with integrated weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% more effectively than a traditional wood shutter and repel up to 30 degrees of airflow through the window.

  • Getting an energy audit to find how air may be escaping your home and what can be done to fix it.

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2. Protect against water damage

Water damage can dampen your holiday plans. Prior to when the temperature falls or a wet winter season begins, take preemptive measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, instead of 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 any precipitation can flow through them. Blocked gutters can result in dams which can harm your roof or cause water to leak inside.

  • Make sure your pipes are warm since frozen water pipes may burst and result in major trouble for your house. Hinging on your climate and home, you may want to consult a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping heat tape around them. Be sure to keep your thermostat at at least 55 degrees at night, especially if you’re away from home.

3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections

When winter begins, you want to ensure that your home is running in tip-top shape. Yearly inspections of the most important systems in the home can assure that your home is safe and energy efficient.

  • HVAC and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are two of the most notable energy users in your home. An HVAC and water heater inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Before winter sets in is also a great time to have your water heater flushed out to remove buildup.

  • Chimney. Inspections allow you to take advantage of the ambiance of your chimney while being confident that your chimney is safe to run.

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Relax and Enjoy The Season

When your home is ready for winter, you can enjoy all the season offers in St. George, from a drink by the fireplace to parties with guests. And if you’re looking for a 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 St. George at 435-485-9332 for a free in-home consultation.