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3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Indianapolis

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Is your home ready? Here are 3 projects you can do in Indianapolis to prepare for the coming season so you can enjoy everything that winter has to offer.

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1. Lessen drafts

Drafts in your space mean higher energy costs. And even if our Indianapolis winter may be mild, fixing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool in the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by:

  • Putting in extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Talk with a professional to find out if your current insulation is up to snuff.

  • Testing your windows and doors for leaks and caulking gaps 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 close to 30° of airflow.

  • Getting a home audit to learn how air may be seeping out of your house and what extra steps you can take to fix it.

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2. Prevent water damage

Water damage can ruin your holiday plans. Before the temperature dips 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 inside.

  • 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 speak with 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 away from home.

3. Get Professional Inspections

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.

  • Heating, AC, and water heater. Your ventilation system and water heater are two of the biggest energy sinks in your house. An inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. Now is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to prevent blockage.

  • Chimney. Inspections allow you to enjoy the ambiance of your fireplace worry-free.

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Relax and Enjoy The Season

When your home is prepared for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in Indianapolis, from a night by the fireplace to gatherings with family. And if you’re in the market 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 Indianapolis at 317-558-9066 for a free in-home consultation.