3 Ways to Winterize Your Home In Houston12/14/2016Cory Cryer Winter is coming. Is your house ready? Here are 3 projects you can do in Houston to prep for the season so you can relax and enjoy everything that winter brings with it. 1. Decrease drafts Drafts in your home mean higher energy bills. And even if our Houston winter is mild, fixing drafty spots can also keep your house cool come summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Consult with a professional to find out if your current situation is sufficient. Examining your doors and windows for leaks and caulking gaps that you find. Putting in energy-efficient window treatments such as Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% more effectively than a common wood shutter and repel as much as 30° of airflow through the window. Getting an energy audit to see where air may be leaking out of your home and what extra steps you can take to fix it. 2. Prevent water damage Water damage can ruin your holiday fun. Before 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 might damage your home. Steps to take include: Clear your gutters of any leaves or debris so that any precipitation can easily run out. Obstructed gutters can lead to dams which can harm your roof or result in water leaking inside. Keep your pipes toasty since frozen water pipes are likely to burst and cause major trouble for your house. Hinging on your climate and home, you may want to speak with 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° on chilly nights, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Get Your Home Inspected You want to ensure that your house is running in perfect form when winter starts. Annual inspections of the most important systems in your house can assure that your home is safe and energy efficient. HVAC and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are some of the biggest energy users in your home. An inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. This time of year is also a great time to get your water heater flushed out to remove buildup. Chimney. Inspections allow you to make use of the ambiance of your chimney without worrying about soot buildup. Enjoy This Winter Once your home is ready for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in Houston, from cocoa by the fireplace to parties with familyl. And if you’re in the market for a brand-new look for your space this winter, contact us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Houston at 713-853-9629 for a free in-home consultation.