3 Ways to Winterize Your Home In Tampa12/14/2016Eric Ramsey Winter is coming. Is your house ready? Here are 3 things you can do in Tampa to get ready for the season so you can enjoy all the things that winter brings with it. 1. Decrease drafts Drafts in your room result in higher energy costs. And even if our Tampa winter may be mild, servicing drafty spots can also keep your house cool in the summer. You can improve your home’s insulation and minimize drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Consult with a professional to see if your current situation is sufficient. Inspecting your doors and windows for any gaps or leaks that you find. Installing 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 repel up to 30 degrees of airflow through the window. Getting an energy audit to see how air might be escaping your house and what extra steps you can take to fix it. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can dampen your holiday cheer. Prior to when the temperature dips or the wet season starts, take preemptive measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, instead of ending up where it might damage your house. Take a look at what you can do: Clear your gutters of any leaves or debris so that any precipitation can flow through them. Blocked gutters can lead to dams which can damage your roof or cause water to leak through your ceiling. Keep your pipes warm because frozen water pipes can rupture and cause major interior damage. Hinging on your climate and home, you’ll need to talk to a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping heat tape around them. Be sure to keep your thermostat at at least 55 degrees on chilly nights, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Get Your Home Inspected You want to ensure that your house is running in perfect shape when winter starts. Yearly checks of key systems in the home can ensure yours is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are some of the biggest energy sinks in your home. An inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. This time of year is also an ideal time to get your water heater flushed out to prevent blockage. Chimney. Inspections allow you to take advantage of the ambiance of your chimney while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Enjoy The Season When your home is prepared for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in Tampa, from cocoa by the fireplace to parties with friends. And if you’re in the mood for a stylish new look for your space this winter, get in touch with us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Tampa at 813-580-7288 for a free in-home consultation.