3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Chicago12/14/2016Richard Rampton Winter is coming. Is your house prepared? Here are 3 things you can do in Chicago to prepare for the coming season so you can relax and enjoy everything that winter brings with it. 1. Minimize drafts Drafts in your home mean higher energy costs. And even if the Chicago winter might be mild, fixing drafty spots can also keep your house cool in the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and minimize drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Talk with a professional to see if your current insulation is sufficient. Examining your windows and doors for any gaps or leaks that you find. Installing energy-efficient window treatments like Polywood® plantation shutters with integrated weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% more effectively than a traditional wood shutter and impede as much as 30 degrees of airflow through the window. Getting a home audit to learn where air may be leaking out of your home and what can be done to fix it. 2. Protect against water damage Water damage can ruin your holiday fun. Prior to when the temperature falls or the wet season starts, take precautionary measures to keep water moving where it should, instead of ending up where it could damage your house. Here’s what you can do: Clear your gutters of blockage so that any precipitation can easily run out. Obstructed gutters can result in dams which can harm your roof or result in water leaking into your house. Make sure your pipes are toasty because frozen water pipes are likely to rupture and result in major interior damage. Hinging on your local weather and home, you’ll need to consult a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping them with heat tape. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55 degrees at all times, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Get Professional Inspections You need to ensure that your house is running in top shape when winter starts. Annual inspections of the most important systems in your house can make sure yours is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are some of the biggest energy sinks in your house. An inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. Before winter sets in is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to prevent blockage. Chimney. Inspections allow you to take advantage of the ambiance of your chimney while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Relax and Enjoy This Winter Once your home is ready for winter, you can enjoy everything the season offers in Chicago, from a drink by the fireplace to gatherings with guests. And if you’re in the mood for a stylish new look for your place 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 Chicago at 847-250-6544 for a complimentary in-home consultation.