3 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Minneapolis12/14/2016George Christ Winter is coming. Is your home ready? Here are 3 things you can do in Minneapolis to get ready for the season so you can enjoy the great things that winter has to offer. 1. Reduce drafts Drafts in your home result in higher energy bills. And even if the Minneapolis winter is mild, servicing drafty areas can also keep your house cool in the summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and minimize drafts by: Installing extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Consult with a professional to learn if your current situation is enough. Testing your doors and windows for any gaps or leaks that you find. Installing energy-efficient window treatments such as Polywood® plantation shutters with integrated weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a traditional wood shutter and block up to 30 degrees of airflow. Getting an energy audit to see how air might be leaking out of your house and what you can do to fix it. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can dampen your winter fun. Prior to when the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take preventative measures to keep water moving where it should, rather than finding its way to where it might damage your home. Here’s what you can do: Clean your gutters of any leaves or debris so that water and melted snow can easily run out. Obstructed gutters can result in dams which can harm your roof or cause water to leak into your house. Keep your pipes heated because frozen water pipes can rupture and result in major trouble for your house. Hinging on your climate and home, you may want to talk to a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping them with heat tape. Remember to keep your thermostat at at least 55° at all times, especially if you’re away from home. 3. Get Your Home Inspected You want to ensure that your house is running in top form when winter begins. Yearly check-ups of key systems in your house can make sure yours is safe and energy efficient. HVAC and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are two of the biggest energy sinks in your home. An HVAC and water heater inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. Now is also a great time to get your water heater flushed out to prevent buildup. Chimney. Inspections let you enjoy the ambiance of your chimney while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Enjoy The Season When your home is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in Minneapolis, from a coffee by the fireplace to gatherings with familyl. And if you’re in the mood for a stylish new look for your space this winter, drop us a line to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis at 952-856-8130 for a complimentary in-home consultation.