3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Miami12/14/2016David White Winter is coming. Are you prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Miami to get ready for the coming season so you can enjoy everything that winter brings with it. 1. Lessen drafts Drafts in your room result in higher energy bills. And even if the Miami winter is mild, servicing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Consult with a professional to determine if your current situation is enough. Examining your doors and windows for leaks and caulking gaps that you find. Putting in energy-efficient window coverings such as Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% more effectively than a common wood shutter and block close to 30° of airflow through the window. Getting a home audit to see how air is leaking out of your home and what you can do to fix it. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can dampen your holiday fun. Before the temperature falls or a wet winter season begins, take preemptive measures to keep water where it belongs, instead of finding its way to where it could damage your home. Here’s what you can do: Clean your gutters of any leaves or debris so that water and melted snow can flow through them. Plugged gutters can lead to dams which can harm your roof or cause water to leak into your house. Keep your pipes toasty since frozen water pipes can burst and result in major trouble for your house. Hinging on your climate and home, you may want to speak with a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping them with heat tape. Remember to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55 degrees at all times, especially if you’re away from home. 3. Get Professional Inspections You need to make sure your home is running in top form when winter begins. Annual inspections of the most important systems in your house can assure that yours is safe and energy efficient. Ventilation and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are some of the biggest energy sinks in your home. An HVAC and water heater inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Prior to winter is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to prevent buildup. Chimney. Inspections let you enjoy the ambiance of your fireplace while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Relax and Enjoy This Winter Once your house is prepared for winter, you can enjoy all the season offers in Miami, from a drink by the fireplace to gatherings with familyl. And if you’re in the market for a brand-new look for your place this winter, contact us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any part of your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Miami at 305-520-7515 for a complimentary in-home consultation.