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3 Projects to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Washington DC

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Are you prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Washington DC to prep for the season so you’re able to relax and enjoy all the things that winter offers.

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1. Lessen drafts

Drafts in your room result in higher energy bills. And even if the Washington DC winter might be mild, fixing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and reduce drafts by:

  • Installing extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Talk with a professional to determine if your current situation is enough.

  • Examining your windows and doors for leaks and caulking gaps that you find.

  • Installing energy-efficient window coverings such as Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% more effectively than a common wood shutter and block as much as 30 degrees of airflow.

  • Getting an energy audit to find how air may be escaping your home and what can be done to fix it.

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2. Go on the offensive against water damage

Water damage can dampen your winter plans. Prior to when the temperature dips or the wet season starts, take precautionary measures to keep water moving where it should, rather than finding its way to where it could damage your home. Take a look at what you can do:

  • Clear your gutters of any leaves or debris so that any precipitation can flow through them. Blocked gutters can result in dams which can harm your roof or result in water leaking into your house.

  • Keep your pipes toasty since frozen water pipes may rupture and cause major interior damage. Hinging on your climate and home, you’ll need to speak with a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping heat tape around them. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55° at all times, especially if you’re out of town.

3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections

When winter begins, you need to ensure that your house is running in top form. Yearly checks of the most important systems in the home can assure that your home is safe and energy efficient.

  • Ventilation and water heater. Your ventilation system and water heater are some of the biggest energy users in your home. An inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. This time of year is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to prevent blockage.

  • Chimney. Inspections allow you to make use of the ambiance of your chimney without worrying about soot buildup.

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Relax and Enjoy The Season

When your house is prepared for winter, you can enjoy everything the season offers in Washington DC, from cocoa by the fireplace to parties with friends. And if you’re looking for a brand-new look for your space this winter, contact us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any part of your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters DC at 240-339-2588 for a free in-home consultation.