3 Projects to Winterize Your Home In Phoenix12/14/2016Greg Arnett Winter is coming. Is your home ready? Here are 3 things you can do in Phoenix to get ready for the season so you’re able to relax and enjoy the great things that winter offers. 1. Decrease drafts Drafts in your room mean higher energy costs. And even if the Phoenix winter may be mild, servicing drafty rooms can also keep your home cool come summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by: Installing extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Consult with a professional to see if your current situation is enough. Examining your doors and windows for leaks and caulking gaps that you find. Installing energy-efficient window treatments like Polywood® plantation shutters with integrated weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% more effectively than a regular wood shutter and repel as much as 30° of airflow through the window. Getting an energy audit to see where air might be seeping out of your home and what can be done to fix it. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can dampen your winter cheer. Prior to when the temperature dips or the wet season starts, take preemptive measures to keep water moving where it should, rather than ending up where it could damage your house. Steps to take include: Clear your gutters out so that water and melted snow can flow through them. Blocked gutters can lead to dams which can damage your roof or cause water to leak through your ceiling. Make sure your pipes are heated because frozen water pipes may rupture and cause major interior damage. 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 heat tape around them. Be sure to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55° at night, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections You need to ensure that your house is running in tip-top form when winter comes. Annual check-ups of key systems in the home can assure that your home is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are some of the most notable energy sinks in your house. An inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. This time of year is also an ideal time to have your water heater flushed out to remove buildup. Chimney. Inspections allow you to take advantage of the ambiance of your chimney worry-free. Relax and Enjoy This Winter Once your home is ready for winter, you can enjoy everything the season offers in Phoenix, from a coffee by the fireplace to game nights with guests. And if you’re in the market for a new look for your space this winter, contact us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any room in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Phoenix at 480-485-7743 for a free in-home consultation.