3 Projects to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Fort Myers12/14/2016Charlie Cole and Brady Parker Winter is coming. Is your house prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Fort Myers to prepare for the coming season so you can relax and enjoy the great things that winter has to offer. 1. Lessen drafts Drafts in your home mean higher energy costs. And even if the Fort Myers winter may be mild, servicing drafty areas can also keep your home cool come summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Talk with a professional to find out if your current insulation is up to snuff. Testing your doors and windows for air moving through any gaps that you find. Putting in energy-efficient window coverings such as Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a regular wood shutter and repel up to 30° of airflow. Getting an energy audit to find how air may be escaping your house and what you can do to fix it. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can ruin your winter plans. Before the temperature dips or a wet winter season begins, take preventative measures to keep water where it belongs, instead of ending up where it might damage your home. Here’s what you can do: Clear your gutters of blockage so that any precipitation can flow through them. Obstructed gutters can result in dams which can damage your roof or result in water leaking inside. Make sure your pipes are heated since frozen water pipes can burst and cause major interior damage. Hinging on your local weather and home, you may want to speak with a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping them with heat tape. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55 degrees on chilly nights, especially if you’re away from home. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections When winter starts, you need to ensure that your home is running in perfect form. Yearly checks of the most important systems in the home can make sure 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 house. An HVAC and water heater inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. This time of year is also a great time to get your water heater flushed out to prevent buildup. Chimney. Inspections let you make use of the ambiance of your fireplace without worrying about soot buildup. Relax and Enjoy This Winter Once your home is ready for winter, you can enjoy all the season offers in Fort Myers, from a drink by the fireplace to parties with guests. And if you’re looking for a stylish new look for your space this winter, contact us to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers at 239-208-6577 for a complimentary in-home consultation.