3 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Southern California12/14/2016Kimball Jones Winter is coming. Is your home prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Southern California to prep for the coming season so you can relax and enjoy all the things that winter brings with it. 1. Minimize drafts Drafts in your home mean higher energy bills. And even if the Southern California winter is mild, servicing drafty areas can also keep your home cool in the summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and reduce drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Consult with a professional to see if your current insulation is enough. Testing your doors and windows for any gaps or leaks that you find. Putting in energy-efficient window treatments such as Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a normal wood shutter and block up to 30 degrees of airflow. Getting a home audit to find where air may be seeping out of your house and what you can do to fix it. 2. Prevent water damage Water damage can hose down your winter fun. Prior to when the temperature falls or the wet season starts, take preemptive measures to keep water moving where it should, rather than going where it could damage your house. Steps to take include: Clear your gutters out so that any precipitation can flow through them. Obstructed gutters can result in dams which can damage your roof or cause water to leak inside. Keep your pipes warm since frozen water pipes are likely to rupture and result in major trouble for your house. Hinging on your local weather and home, you’ll need to consult a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping them with heat tape. Be sure to keep your thermostat at at least 55° at all times, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections You need to make sure your home is running in tip-top form when winter begins. Yearly check-ups 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 notable energy hogs in your house. An HVAC and water heater inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. Before winter sets in is also the perfect time to get your water heater flushed out to get rid of blockage. Chimney. Inspections let you enjoy the ambiance of your chimney worry-free. Enjoy This Winter Once your house is ready for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in Southern California, from a night by the fireplace to parties with guests. And if you’re looking for a stylish new look for your home this winter, drop us a line to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any part of your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Southern CA at 888-611-2474 for a free in-home consultation.