3 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Gainesville12/14/2016Eric Ramsey Winter is coming. Is your home ready? Here are 3 things you can do in Gainesville to prep for the coming season so you can relax and enjoy all the things that winter brings with it. 1. Decrease drafts Drafts in your room mean higher energy bills. And even if the Gainesville winter is mild, fixing drafty areas can also keep your house cool in the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Talk with a professional to learn if your current situation is up to snuff. Checking your windows and doors for any gaps or leaks 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 block up to 30 degrees of airflow. Getting a home audit to learn where air may be seeping out of your home and what you can do to fix it. 2. Prevent water damage Water damage can hose down your winter fun. Before the temperature falls or the wet season starts, take preventative measures to keep water where it belongs, instead of going where it could damage your home. Take a look at what you can do: Clean your gutters out so that water and melted snow can flow through them. Gunked up gutters can result in dams which can harm your roof or result in water leaking through your ceiling. Make sure your pipes are heated because frozen water pipes can rupture and cause major interior damage. Hinging on your climate and home, you may want to consult a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping heat tape around them. Remember to keep your thermostat at at least 55 degrees on chilly nights, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Get Your Home Inspected You want to make sure your house is running in perfect shape when winter comes. Yearly checks of key systems in your house can assure that yours is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are two of the most notable energy users in your home. An HVAC and water heater inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. Prior to winter is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to remove blockage. Chimney. Inspections let you enjoy the ambiance of your fireplace while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Relax and Enjoy The Season When your home is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in Gainesville, from cocoa by the fireplace to gatherings with friends. And if you’re in the mood for a brand-new look for your place this winter, contact us to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any room in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Gainesville at 813-602-5966 for a free in-home consultation.