3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In St. George12/14/2016Kasey Udy Winter is coming. Is your house 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 all the things that winter brings with it. 1. Lessen drafts Drafts in your home mean higher energy bills. And even if the St. George winter is mild, servicing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool in 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 up to snuff. 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 normal wood shutter and repel close 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. 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 precautionary measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, instead of going where it might damage your home. Here’s what you can do: Clear your gutters out 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 speak with 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 all times, especially if you’re out of town. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections When winter begins, you want to ensure that your home is running in perfect shape. Yearly check-ups 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 hogs in your home. An HVAC and water heater inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. This time of year is also a great time to have your water heater flushed out to remove buildup. Chimney. Inspections allow you to enjoy the ambiance of your chimney while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Relax and Enjoy The Season When your home is ready for winter, you can enjoy all the season offers in St. George, from a coffee by the fireplace to parties with familyl. 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.