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3 Projects to Winterize Your Home In San Antonio

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Are you prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in San Antonio to prep for the coming season so you’re able to enjoy everything that winter has to offer.

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1. Lessen drafts

Drafts in your home mean higher energy costs. And even if the San Antonio winter might be mild, fixing drafty rooms can also keep your house cool in the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by:

  • Adding extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Talk with a professional to find out if your current situation is enough.

  • Testing your windows and doors for leaks and caulking gaps that you find.

  • Putting in energy-efficient window treatments 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 find how air may be leaking out of your house and what can be done to fix it.

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2. Prevent water damage

Water damage can dampen your holiday cheer. Prior to when the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take preventative measures to keep water where it belongs, rather than finding its way to 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. Obstructed gutters can lead to dams which can damage your roof or cause water to leak into your house.

  • Make sure your pipes are toasty because frozen water pipes can rupture and result in major interior damage. Hinging on your climate and home, you’ll need to speak with 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 begins, you need 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 ventilation system and water heater are two of the biggest energy users in your house. An inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. This time of year is also the perfect time to get your water heater flushed out to remove buildup.

  • Chimney. Inspections let you take advantage of the ambiance of your fireplace without worrying about soot buildup.

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Relax and Enjoy This Winter

When your home is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in San Antonio, from a drink 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.

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