3 Projects to Winterize Your Home In San Diego12/14/2016Tyson Williams Winter is coming. Is your house 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. 1. Decrease drafts Drafts in your room result in higher energy costs. And even if our San Diego winter might be mild, fixing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Speak with a professional to see if your current insulation is sufficient. Inspecting 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 an energy audit to learn how air might be seeping out of your house and what you can do to fix it. 2. Prevent water damage Water damage can hose down your winter cheer. Before the temperature falls or a wet winter season begins, take precautionary 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 climate and home, you’ll need 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 Your Home Inspected When winter begins, you want to make sure your home is running in top shape. Yearly inspections 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 safeguard you from malfunction. Before winter sets in is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to prevent blockage. Chimney. Inspections let you enjoy the ambiance of your fireplace without worrying about soot buildup. Relax and Enjoy This Winter Once your home is prepared for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in San Diego, from cocoa by the fireplace to game nights with guests. And if you’re in the market for a new look for your home 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.