3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In San Antonio12/14/2016Tyler Jorgensen Winter is coming. Is your house prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in San Antonio to prep for the coming season so you can enjoy everything that winter has to offer. 1. Lessen drafts Drafts in your space mean higher energy costs. And even if the San Antonio winter might be mild, fixing drafty rooms can also keep your house cool during the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and reduce drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Talk with a professional to find out if your current situation is enough. Testing your windows and doors for any gaps or leaks that you find. Putting in energy-efficient window coverings like Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% better than a traditional wood shutter and repel up to 30 degrees of airflow through the window. Getting a home audit to learn how air might be leaking out of your house and what can be done to fix it. 2. Prevent water damage Water damage can ruin your winter fun. Prior to when the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take preventative measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, rather than going where it could damage your house. Here’s what you can do: Clear your gutters of blockage so that any precipitation can easily run out. Blocked gutters can lead to dams which can damage your roof or cause water to leak inside. Make sure your pipes are toasty because frozen water pipes are likely to rupture and result in major interior damage. Hinging on your climate and home, you’ll need to consult a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping them with heat tape. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55 degrees on chilly nights, especially if you’re out of town. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections When winter starts, you want to make sure your home is running in top form. Annual checks of the most important systems in the home 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 house. An inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Before winter sets in is also an ideal time to get your water heater flushed out to remove buildup. Chimney. Inspections let you enjoy the ambiance of your fireplace while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Relax and Enjoy This Winter When your home is prepared for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in San Antonio, from a coffee by the fireplace to parties with guests. And if you’re in the mood for a stylish new look for your space 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 Antonio at 210-876-0377 for a free in-home consultation.