Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Here in southeast Texas we may not need to worry about shoveling snow from our driveways every day come winter, but there are some things you can do to prepare you home for the colder months. “Winterizing” your home can help save you money on your energy bills and prevent damage to your property. Because who wants the stress of costly home repairs disrupting their holiday season? Here are some tips to get you started:

  • freeimage-4195568-webCheck your heating system. Though our heaters certainly don’t get the workout they might in other parts of the country, it’s still important to make sure your system is running safely and efficiently this winter. You can call an HVAC professional to check this for you. They will ensure your ducts are clean and everything else in your heating system is functioning properly.
  • Have your chimney cleaned. If you have a fireplace in your home, make sure you have a professional come out to clean your chimney and ensure all vents are working properly. This limits the risk of a chimney fire or carbon monoxide build up in your home. 
  • Insulate. Beef up your insulation where needed. This might include adding insulation in your attic, caulking drafty windows, and installing weatherstripping on doors. This will keep your home nice and toasty for those holiday dinners, while saving you money on your electric bill.
  • Switch the rotation on your ceiling fans. Having your fans rotate the opposite direction draws air upward and helps your heater function more efficiently.
  • Move potted plants indoors. If you have any plants that are sensitive to the cold, now is the time to move them indoors. More robust plants can, of course, be protected by sheets and blankets on particularly cold nights.
  • Drain water from exterior pipes. It’s always better to be safe than sorry should a hard freeze come along. That’s why it’s recommended you disconnect any garden hoses and drain the remaining water from those pipes. Also, if you have a sprinkler system, make sure those pipes are drained as well, to limit the need for repairs come spring.
  • Clean gutters and check downspouts. While snow is rare here, rainy winters are common. Therefore, make sure you keep your gutters clear and check your downspouts for proper drainage. This can prevent costly damage to your foundation and stave off any pesky leaks this holiday season.

 

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