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3 Ways to Winterize Your Home In New Brunswick

December 14, 2016

Winter is coming. Is your house prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in New Brunswick to prep for the coming season so you’re able to relax and enjoy everything that winter has to offer.

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1. Lessen drafts

Drafts in your space mean higher energy bills. And even if the New Brunswick winter might be mild, fixing drafty rooms can also keep your house cool come summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by:

  • Putting in extra insulation to your home’s extremities. Speak with a professional to learn if your current insulation is up to snuff.

  • Testing your doors and windows for air moving through any gaps that you find.

  • Installing energy-efficient window treatments like Polywood® plantation shutters with added weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a regular wood shutter and impede up to 30° of airflow.

  • Getting a home audit to find where air might be escaping your house and what you can do to fix it.

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2. Prevent water damage

Water damage can ruin your holiday fun. Prior to when the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take preemptive measures to keep water flowing where it was designed to go, rather than ending up where it could damage your home. Take a look at what you can do:

  • Clear your gutters out so that water and melted snow can easily run out. Blocked gutters can result in dams which can damage your roof or result in water leaking through your ceiling.

  • Make sure your pipes are toasty since frozen water pipes can 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 degrees on chilly nights, especially if you’re out and about.

3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections

When winter begins, you want to make sure your home is running in tip-top form. Yearly checks of the most important systems in the home can ensure yours is safe and energy efficient.

  • HVAC and water heater. Your ventilation system and water heater are two of the most notable energy hogs in your house. An HVAC and water heater inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. Before winter sets in is also the perfect time to get your water heater flushed out to prevent buildup.

  • Chimney. Inspections allow you to make use of the ambiance of your fireplace without worrying about soot buildup.

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Relax and Enjoy This Winter

Once your house is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy everything the season offers in New Brunswick, from cocoa by the fireplace to gatherings with guests. And if you’re in the mood for a brand-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 room in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick at 732-301-6168 for a free in-home consultation.