3 Projects to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Jacksonville12/14/2016Kevin McCormack Winter is coming. Is your house prepared? Here are 3 things you can do in Jacksonville to prep for the season so you can enjoy the great things that winter has to offer. 1. Reduce drafts Drafts in your home mean higher energy bills. And even if our Jacksonville winter may be mild, servicing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by: Installing extra insulation to your home’s extremities. Talk with a professional to find out if your current insulation is enough. Examining your doors and windows for any gaps or leaks that you find. Installing energy-efficient window coverings such as Polywood® plantation shutters with built-in weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a normal wood shutter and block close to 30° of airflow. Getting a home audit to find where air might be escaping your home and what you can do to fix it. 2. Prevent water damage Water damage can hose down your holiday plans. Before the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take preemptive measures to keep water moving where it should, rather than ending up where it could damage your house. Take a look at what you can do: Clean your gutters out so that any precipitation can flow through them. Plugged gutters can result in dams which can damage your roof or result in water leaking through your ceiling. Make sure your pipes are toasty because frozen water pipes can rupture and cause major trouble for your house. Hinging on your local weather and home, you’ll need to talk to a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping them with heat tape. Be sure to keep your thermostat at at least 55° at all times, especially if you’re away from home. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections When winter starts, you need to make sure your house is running in perfect form. Yearly checks of key systems in your house can assure that your home is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your ventilation system and water heater are some of the most active energy sinks in your home. An HVAC and water heater inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. Prior to winter is also an ideal time to have your water heater flushed out to prevent blockage. Chimney. Inspections allow you to make use of the ambiance of your chimney worry-free. Relax and Enjoy This Winter When your house is ready for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in Jacksonville, from a coffee by the fireplace to get-togethers with guests. And if you’re in the mood for a brand-new look for your space this winter, get in touch with us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any room in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville at 904-289-1663 for a free in-home consultation.