3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Detroit12/14/2016Steve Hill Winter is coming. Is your house prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Detroit to get ready for the season so you can enjoy the great things that winter has to offer. 1. Lessen drafts Drafts in your home mean higher energy costs. And even if the Detroit winter may be mild, fixing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool come summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Talk with a professional to determine if your current situation is sufficient. Testing your doors and windows for any gaps or leaks that you find. Installing energy-efficient window treatments like Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% more effectively than a traditional wood shutter and repel up to 30 degrees of airflow through the window. Getting a home audit to learn where air might be escaping your home and what can be done to fix it. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can dampen your winter cheer. Before the temperature drops too low or the wet season starts, take precautionary measures to keep water where it belongs, rather than ending up where it could damage your house. Take a look at what you can do: Clear your gutters out so that any precipitation can easily run out. Gunked up gutters can result in dams which can damage your roof or cause water to leak through your ceiling. Make sure your pipes are warm because frozen water pipes can rupture and cause major interior damage. Depending on your local weather and home, you may want to talk to a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping heat tape around them. Remember to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55° at night, especially if you’re away from home. 3. Get Professional Inspections When winter comes, you need to ensure that your house is running in top form. Yearly checks of key systems in the home can assure that your home is safe and energy efficient. HVAC and water heater. Your ventilation system and water heater are some of the most notable energy sinks in your home. An inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Before winter sets in is also an ideal time to get your water heater flushed out to prevent buildup. Chimney. Inspections allow you to enjoy the ambiance of your fireplace without worrying about soot buildup. Relax and Enjoy The Season Once your home is prepared for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in Detroit, from cocoa by the fireplace to parties with guests. And if you’re in the market for a 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 Detroit at 248-429-9294 for a free in-home consultation.