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3 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Orlando

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Are you ready? Here are 3 things you can do in Orlando to get ready for the coming season so you’re able to enjoy everything that winter offers.

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1. Decrease drafts

Drafts in your room mean higher energy bills. And even if our Orlando winter may be mild, fixing drafty areas can also make sure your home stays cool in the summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by:

  • Adding extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Consult with a professional to learn if your current insulation is up to snuff.

  • Testing your windows and doors 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% better than a normal wood shutter and impede close to 30° of airflow.

  • Getting an energy audit to see where air is seeping out of your house and what extra steps you can take to fix it.

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2. Go on the offensive against water damage

Water damage can ruin your holiday cheer. Prior to when the temperature drops too low or the wet season starts, take preemptive measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, rather than finding its way to where it could damage your house. Steps to take include:

  • Clean your gutters of any leaves or debris so that any precipitation can flow through them. Plugged gutters can result in dams which can harm your roof or cause water to leak inside.

  • Make sure your pipes are heated since frozen water pipes are likely to rupture and cause major interior damage. 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 no lower than 55° at night, especially if you’re away from home.

3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections

When winter starts, you want to make sure your home is running in tip-top shape. Yearly checks of key systems in the home can ensure your home is safe and energy efficient.

  • Heating, AC, and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are two of the most notable energy sinks in your house. An HVAC and water heater inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. This time of year is also a great time to have your water heater flushed out to remove buildup.

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

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Relax and Enjoy The Season

Once your house is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in Orlando, from a drink by the fireplace to game nights with familyl. And if you’re in the market for a brand-new look for your place this winter, get in touch with us to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any room in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Orlando at 407-630-7011 for a complimentary in-home consultation.

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