3 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Orlando12/14/2016Todd Hansen Winter is coming. Is your house ready? Here are 3 things you can do in Orlando to get ready for the coming season so you can enjoy everything that winter offers. 1. Decrease drafts Drafts in your room mean higher energy bills. And even if our Orlando winter might be mild, fixing drafty areas can also make sure your home stays cool during the summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and reduce drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Consult with a professional to learn if your current insulation is up to snuff. Testing your windows and doors for any gaps or leaks that you find. Putting in energy-efficient window treatments such as Polywood® plantation shutters with built-in weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% better than a normal wood shutter and impede up 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. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can ruin your holiday cheer. Prior to when the temperature dips or the wet season starts, take precautionary 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: Clear 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 into your house. Make sure your pipes are warm since 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 no lower than 55° at night, especially if you’re out of town. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections When winter begins, you want to make sure your home is running in perfect shape. Yearly checks of key systems in the home can ensure yours is safe and energy efficient. Ventilation and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are two of the biggest 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 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 Orlando, from a coffee by the fireplace to get-togethers with guests. And if you’re looking for a brand-new look for your home 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.