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3 Ways to Winterize Your Home In Cleveland

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Is your house ready? Here are 3 projects you can do in Cleveland to get ready for the season so you can enjoy all the things that winter has to offer.

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1. Decrease drafts

Drafts in your room mean higher energy bills. And even if the Cleveland winter might be mild, fixing drafty spots can also keep your house cool come summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and reduce drafts by:

  • Installing extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Consult with a professional to find out if your current situation is enough.

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

  • Putting in energy-efficient window treatments such as Polywood® plantation shutters with integrated weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% more effectively than a normal wood shutter and block close to 30° of airflow through the window.

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

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2. Protect against water damage

Water damage can ruin your winter cheer. Before the temperature drops too low or the wet season starts, take preemptive measures to keep water where it belongs, instead of finding its way to where it could damage your house. Steps to take include:

  • Clean your gutters out so that water and melted snow can flow through them. Obstructed gutters can result in dams which can damage your roof or result in water leaking through your ceiling.

  • Make sure your pipes are warm because frozen water pipes can burst and result in major interior damage. Hinging on your climate and home, you’ll need to consult a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping them with heat tape. Remember to keep your thermostat at at least 55 degrees on chilly nights, especially if you’re out and about.

3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections

You want to make sure your house is running in tip-top shape when winter starts. Yearly inspections of the most important systems in your house can ensure yours is safe and energy efficient.

  • HVAC and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are two of the most notable energy sinks in your home. An inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. Before winter sets in is also a great time to have your water heater flushed out to prevent buildup.

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

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Relax and Enjoy The Season

When your house is ready for winter, you can enjoy everything the season offers in Cleveland, from a drink by the fireplace to gatherings with guests. And if you’re looking for a stylish new look for your place this winter, get in touch with us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Cleveland at 440-561-6787 for a complimentary in-home consultation.

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