3 Projects to Prepare Your Home For Winter In Nashville12/14/2016Stefano Diotaiuti Winter is coming. Are you prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Nashville to prep for the season so you’re able to relax and enjoy everything that winter has to offer. 1. Reduce drafts Drafts in your home result in higher energy bills. And even if our Nashville winter is mild, servicing drafty rooms can also make sure your home stays cool come summer. You can maximize your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by: Adding extra insulation to your crawlspace and attic. Consult with a professional to see if your current situation is up to snuff. Testing your windows and doors for leaks and caulking gaps that you find. Installing energy-efficient window coverings such as Polywood® plantation shutters with integrated weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a traditional wood shutter and impede close to 30 degrees of airflow. Getting an energy audit to see where air might be escaping your home and what can be done to fix it. 2. Protect against water damage Water damage can ruin your winter cheer. Prior to when the temperature falls or a wet winter season begins, take preemptive measures to keep water where it belongs, rather than going where it could damage your home. Take a look at what you can do: Clear your gutters of any leaves or debris so that any precipitation can easily run out. Obstructed gutters can lead to dams which can harm your roof or cause water to leak into your house. Make sure your pipes are toasty because frozen water pipes may burst and cause major damage to your home. Depending on your local weather and home, you may want to consult a professional about insulating pipes next to exterior walls or even wrapping heat tape around them. Remember to keep your thermostat at no lower than 55 degrees at night, especially if you’re away from home. 3. Get Your Home Inspected You want to make sure your home is running in perfect shape when winter begins. Annual 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 two of the most notable energy hogs in your home. An HVAC and water heater inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. Prior to winter is also an ideal time to get your water heater flushed out to get rid of blockage. Chimney. Inspections let you take advantage of the ambiance of your chimney while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Enjoy This Winter Once your house is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy everything the season offers in Nashville, from a drink by the fireplace to parties with familyl. And if you’re looking for a stylish new look for your place this winter, get in touch with us to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any part of your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Nashville at 615-236-8530 for a complimentary in-home consultation.