3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Las Vegas12/14/2016Darik Neilson Winter is coming. Is your home prepared? Here are 3 things you can do in Las Vegas to prep for the season so you can enjoy everything that winter has to offer. 1. Minimize drafts Drafts in your room mean higher energy costs. And even if the Las Vegas winter might be mild, fixing drafty spots can also make sure your home stays cool come summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and minimize drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Speak with a professional to find out if your current situation is enough. Testing your windows and doors for air moving through any gaps that you find. Putting in 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 impede close to 30° of airflow through the window. Getting an energy audit to find how air may be seeping out of your house and what extra steps you can take to fix it. 2. Protect against water damage Water damage can hose down your winter fun. Prior to when the temperature falls or a wet winter season begins, take precautionary measures to keep water moving where it should, rather than ending up where it might damage your house. Take a look at what you can do: Clean your gutters of any leaves or debris so that any precipitation can flow through them. Obstructed 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 are likely to rupture and cause major trouble for your house. 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 at least 55 degrees on chilly nights, especially if you’re away from home. 3. Get Professional Inspections When winter starts, you need to make sure your home is running in tip-top shape. Yearly checks of the most important systems in your house can make sure your home is safe and energy efficient. HVAC and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are two of the most notable energy users in your home. An HVAC and water heater inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. Prior to winter is also an ideal time to get your water heater flushed out to remove buildup. Chimney. Inspections let you take advantage of the ambiance of your chimney worry-free. Relax and Enjoy The Season When your house is prepared for winter, you can enjoy everything the season offers in Las Vegas, from cocoa by the fireplace to parties with guests. And if you’re in the mood for a 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 room in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas at 702-850-6619 for a complimentary in-home consultation.