3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Indianapolis12/14/2016Bill Burke Winter is coming. Is your home ready? Here are 3 projects you can do in Indianapolis to prep for the coming season so you can enjoy everything that winter brings with it. 1. Lessen drafts Drafts in your home mean higher energy costs. And even if our Indianapolis winter might be mild, fixing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool in the summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by: Installing extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Speak with a professional to find out if your current insulation is enough. Testing your windows and doors for any gaps or leaks that you find. Installing energy-efficient window treatments like Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a regular wood shutter and repel up to 30 degrees of airflow through the window. Getting a home audit to learn how air might be leaking out of your house and what extra steps you can take to fix it. 2. Prevent water damage Water damage can dampen your holiday plans. Prior to when the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take precautionary measures to keep water where it belongs, instead of ending up where it could damage your house. Here’s what you can do: Clean your gutters of blockage so that water and melted snow can flow through them. Plugged gutters can lead to dams which can harm your roof or cause water to leak into your house. Make sure your pipes are toasty since frozen water pipes may burst and result in major trouble for your house. Depending on your local weather and home, you’ll need to consult a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping them with heat tape. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55° on chilly nights, especially if you’re out of town. 3. Get Your Home Inspected When winter begins, you want to make sure your home is running in top shape. Yearly check-ups of the most important systems in your house can ensure yours is safe and energy efficient. Ventilation and water heater. Your ventilation system and water heater are two of the most notable energy sinks in your house. An inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Now is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to get rid of blockage. Chimney. Inspections allow you to take advantage of the ambiance of your fireplace worry-free. Relax and Enjoy The Season When your home is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in Indianapolis, from a night by the fireplace to gatherings with guests. And if you’re in the market for a stylish new look for your space 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 Indianapolis at 317-558-9066 for a free in-home consultation.