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3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In San Diego

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Are you ready? Here are 3 things you can do in San Diego to get ready for the season so you’re able to relax and enjoy the great things that winter offers.

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1. Decrease drafts

Drafts in your room result in higher energy costs. And even if our San Diego winter might be mild, fixing drafty spots can also keep your home cool in the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by:

  • Installing extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Speak with a professional to see if your current insulation is sufficient.

  • Checking your doors and windows for air moving through any gaps that you find.

  • Putting in energy-efficient window treatments like Polywood® plantation shutters with integrated weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% better than a common wood shutter and repel up to 30 degrees of airflow.

  • Getting a home audit to find how air might be seeping out of your house and what you can do to fix it.

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2. Go on the offensive against water damage

Water damage can hose down your winter cheer. Prior to when the temperature falls or a wet winter season begins, take preemptive measures to keep water moving where it should, instead of ending up where it could damage your home. Take a look at what you can do:

  • Clear your gutters out so that water and melted snow can flow through them. Plugged gutters can lead to dams which can harm your roof or result in water leaking through your ceiling.

  • Make sure your pipes are heated since frozen water pipes can 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 no lower than 55° at all times, especially if you’re out and about.

3. Get Professional Inspections

When winter starts, you want to make sure your home is running in top shape. Yearly check-ups of key systems in the home can make sure yours is safe and energy efficient.

  • HVAC and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are some of the most active energy sinks in your house. An HVAC and water heater inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Before winter sets in is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to get rid of blockage.

  • Chimney. Inspections let you take advantage of the ambiance of your fireplace while being confident that your chimney is safe to run.

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Relax and Enjoy This Winter

Once your home is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in San Diego, from cocoa by the fireplace to get-togethers with guests. And if you’re in the market for a new look for your place this winter, get in touch with us to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters San Diego at 760-405-8887 for a free in-home consultation.

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