3 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter In New York City12/14/2016Matt Thelander Winter is coming. Is your house prepared? Here are 3 things you can do in New York City to prep for the coming season so you’re able to enjoy the great things that winter offers. 1. Minimize drafts Drafts in your space result in higher energy costs. And even if the New York City winter might be mild, servicing drafty areas can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and lessen drafts by: Installing extra insulation to your home’s extremities. Speak with a professional to determine if your current insulation is up to snuff. Examining your windows and doors for leaks and caulking gaps that you find. Putting in energy-efficient window coverings like Polywood® plantation shutters with integrated weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate up to 70% better than a traditional wood shutter and block as much as 30 degrees of airflow through the window. Getting a home audit to learn how air might be leaking out of your house and what can be done to fix it. 2. Protect against water damage Water damage can ruin your holiday plans. Before the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take preventative measures to keep water moving where it should, rather than going where it might damage your house. Steps to take include: Clean your gutters of blockage 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 into your house. Keep your pipes warm because frozen water pipes can rupture and cause major damage to your home. Depending on your local weather and home, you’ll need to talk to 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° at night, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Take Advantage of Home Inspections You want to make sure your home is running in tip-top shape when winter starts. Annual checks of key systems in the home can ensure yours is safe and energy efficient. Ventilation and water heater. Your ventilation system and water heater are two of the most active energy sinks in your house. An inspection will protect your home from any mishap or inefficiency. Before winter sets in is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to get rid of buildup. Chimney. Inspections allow you to make use of the ambiance of your fireplace without worrying about soot buildup. Relax and Enjoy The Season When your home is properly equipped for winter, you can enjoy all it has to offer in New York City, from a drink by the fireplace to get-togethers with friends. And if you’re in the mood for a stylish new look for your place this winter, drop us a line to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any space in your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters New York at 631-246-3930 for a free in-home consultation.