3 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter In San Jose12/14/2016Curtis Orton Winter is coming. Are you ready? Here are 3 things you can do in San Jose to get ready for the season so you can relax and enjoy all the things that winter brings with it. 1. Decrease drafts Drafts in your home mean higher energy costs. And even if the San Jose winter might be mild, fixing drafty areas can also keep your home cool in the summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Speak with a professional to find out if your current situation is enough. Inspecting your doors and windows for any gaps or leaks that you find. Installing energy-efficient window treatments such as Polywood® plantation shutters with integrated weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% more effectively than a normal wood shutter and impede up to 30° of airflow through the window. Getting a home audit to find where air might be seeping out of your home and what can be done to fix it. 2. Protect against water damage Water damage can hose down your holiday cheer. Prior to when the temperature falls or a wet winter season begins, take preventative measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, instead of going where it might damage your house. Take a look at what you can do: Clear your gutters of any leaves or debris so that water and melted snow can flow through them. Obstructed gutters can lead to dams which can damage your roof or result in water leaking into your house. Keep your pipes heated since frozen water pipes can burst and result in major trouble for your house. Depending on your local weather and home, you’ll need to speak with a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping them with heat tape. Remember to keep your thermostat at at least 55° at night, especially if you’re away from home. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections When winter comes, you need to ensure that your house is running in top shape. Yearly inspections of the most important systems in your house can assure that yours is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are some of the most active energy users in your house. An HVAC and water heater inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Before winter sets in is also an ideal time to have your water heater flushed out to get rid of buildup. Chimney. Inspections let you make use of the ambiance of your fireplace while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Relax and Enjoy The Season Once your house is ready for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in San Jose, from a coffee by the fireplace to parties with friends. And if you’re in the mood for a new look for your place this winter, get in touch with us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any part of your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters San Jose at 408-831-3373 for a complimentary in-home consultation.