3 Ways to Winterize Your Home In New Brunswick12/14/2016Mike Horn 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 brings with it. 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 maximize 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 such as Polywood® plantation shutters with built-in 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 learn where air might be leaking out of your house and what extra steps you can take to fix it. 2. Go on the offensive against water damage Water damage can ruin your holiday cheer. Prior to when the temperature dips or a wet winter season begins, take preemptive measures to keep water where it belongs, rather than ending up where it could damage your home. Here’s what you can do: Clear your gutters out so that water and melted snow can easily run out. Obstructed gutters can result in dams which can damage your roof or cause water to leak 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 consult 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 starts, you want to make sure your home is running in perfect form. Yearly checks of the most important systems in the home can ensure yours is safe and energy efficient. HVAC and water heater. Your heating system and water heater are two of the biggest energy users in your house. An HVAC and water heater inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. Before winter sets in is also an ideal time to get your water heater flushed out to prevent buildup. Chimney. Inspections allow you to make use of the ambiance of your fireplace while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. 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 familyl. And if you’re in the mood 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 room in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick at 732-301-6168 for a free in-home consultation.