3 Projects to Get Your Home Ready For Winter In Honolulu12/14/2016Darren Wong Winter is coming. Is your house ready? Here are 3 projects you can do in Honolulu to get ready for the season so you can enjoy all the things that winter has to offer. 1. Minimize drafts Drafts in your space result in higher energy costs. And even if the Honolulu winter may be mild, servicing drafty spots can also keep your home cool come summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and reduce drafts by: Putting in extra insulation to your attic and/or crawlspace. Talk with a professional to determine if your current situation is sufficient. Inspecting your windows and doors for any gaps or leaks that you find. Putting in energy-efficient window coverings such as Polywood® plantation shutters with integrated weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% better than a normal wood shutter and block up to 30 degrees of airflow. Getting an energy audit to learn how air might be leaking 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 holiday plans. 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 might damage your house. Take a look at what you can do: Clear your gutters of blockage so that any precipitation can easily run out. Plugged gutters can lead to dams which can damage your roof or cause water to leak through your ceiling. Make sure your pipes are warm since frozen water pipes are likely to burst and result in major trouble for your house. Depending on your local weather and home, you may want to consult a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping them with heat tape. Remember to keep your thermostat at at least 55° at night, especially if you’re out of town. 3. Get Professional Inspections When winter comes, you need to make sure your home is running in tip-top form. Yearly check-ups of the most important systems in the home can ensure yours is safe and energy efficient. Ventilation and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are some of the most active energy sinks in your house. An inspection will make sure your systems are efficient and safe. This time of year is also the perfect time to get your water heater flushed out to prevent blockage. Chimney. Inspections allow you to make use of the ambiance of your chimney while being confident that your chimney is safe to run. Enjoy This Winter Once your home is ready for winter, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in Honolulu, from a night by the fireplace to gatherings with guests. And if you’re in the market for a new look for your space this winter, drop us a line to discuss window treatments such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any room in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Honolulu at 808-797-2004 for a complimentary in-home consultation.