3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Charlotte12/14/2016Neil Blackwelder Winter is coming. Is your house prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Charlotte to prepare for the coming season so you can enjoy the great things that winter has to offer. 1. Lessen drafts Drafts in your room mean higher energy bills. And even if our Charlotte winter is mild, servicing drafty areas can also make sure your home stays cool during the summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and minimize drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Speak with a professional to determine if your current situation is enough. Testing your windows and doors for leaks and caulking gaps that you find. Putting in energy-efficient window treatments like Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% better than a common wood shutter and block close to 30 degrees of airflow through the window. Getting an energy audit to find how air is escaping your house and what you can do to fix it. 2. Prevent water damage Water damage can dampen your winter plans. Before the temperature dips or a wet winter season begins, take preemptive measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, 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. Obstructed gutters can lead to dams which can harm your roof or cause water to leak into your house. Keep your pipes heated because frozen water pipes can rupture and result in major damage to your home. Depending on your climate and home, you’ll need to speak with a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping heat tape around them. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55° at night, especially if you’re away from home. 3. Get Your Home Inspected You need to make sure your house is running in top form when winter comes. Annual checks of the most important systems in the home can make sure yours is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are two of the most notable energy users in your home. An HVAC and water heater inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. Prior to winter is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to prevent blockage. Chimney. Inspections allow you to make use of the ambiance of your fireplace worry-free. Relax and Enjoy This Winter Once your house is prepared for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in Charlotte, from a coffee by the fireplace to gatherings with guests. And if you’re in the market for a stylish new look for your space this winter, get in touch with us to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Charlotte at 980-231-1116 for a complimentary in-home consultation.