winterWinter is getting closer. Yes, for most people this is not something that they want to hear. For avid winter sports enthusiast, it can’t get here soon enough. No matter whether you are celebrating the return of the snow and ice or dreading it, there are some things that you can and should consider doing to get your home ready for it.

Check your shutters

The first thing you should do is check your windows and doors. The windows and doors account for 40 percent of the heat that is lost during the winter. When you are inspecting your windows to make sure that they are sealing properly, also be sure to inspect the shutters.

A loose shutter can cause some problems during the winter. As the leaves fall, there is less of a barrier against the strong winter winds. If a shutter is loose now and comes loose during the winter, you may not be able to get to it to repair it until spring. That increases the chances of that loose shutter doing significant damage over time.

Add weatherstripping

You may also want to add some weather stripping to some parts of the windows and doors to help cut down on the drafts that get in. If you don’t have any experience adding weather stripping or determining the best things to do for your windows and doors for winter, you should contact a professional.

Securing interior shutters

Interior shutters can do a lot to help protect against those drafts as well. If you have interior shutters right now, make sure that they are closing properly. If you don’t have shutters, now is the ideal time to consider having them installed.

Not only will they improve the look, feel, and value of your home, they can help you save money on your heating bills throughout winter.

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