3 Projects to Winterize Your Home In Austin12/14/2016Tyler Jorgensen Winter is coming. Is your home prepared? Here are 3 things you can do in Austin to prep for the season so you can relax and enjoy the great things that winter has to offer. 1. Lessen drafts Drafts in your home result in higher energy costs. And even if our Austin winter might be mild, servicing drafty spots can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Speak with a professional to see if your current insulation is up to snuff. 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 built-in weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a normal wood shutter and repel as much as 30° of airflow through the window. Getting an energy audit to find how air is seeping out of your home and what extra steps you can take to fix it. 2. Protect against water damage Water damage can hose down your holiday cheer. Before the temperature drops too low or the wet season starts, take precautionary measures to keep water where it belongs, rather than ending up where it might damage your house. 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 result in dams which can damage your roof or result in water leaking inside. Make sure your pipes are heated because frozen water pipes may rupture and result in major interior damage. Hinging on your climate and home, you may want to consult a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping heat tape around them. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55° at night, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Get Professional Inspections When winter comes, you want to ensure that your house is running in perfect form. Yearly check-ups of the most important systems in your house can make sure yours is safe and energy efficient. Ventilation and water heater. Your ventilation system and water heater are some of the most notable energy users in your house. An inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Now is also the perfect time to get your water heater flushed out to prevent blockage. Chimney. Inspections allow you to take advantage of the ambiance of your chimney while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Relax and Enjoy The Season Once your house is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in Austin, from a coffee by the fireplace to game nights with familyl. And if you’re in the market for a stylish new look for your place this winter, contact us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any room in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Austin at 512-549-6077 for a complimentary in-home consultation.