Texas is associated with sunshine and hot weather. That might be true for much of the year, but certainly not so much in January and February. North Texas has its share of wintry weather. It’s not too late to make sure your home is prepared for it, either.
Here are some tips on how to get your home ready for the icy temps, plus save yourself some money and hassles later…
- Inspect your roof. Extreme weather like summer heat, strong winds, and hail can do damage to a roof, which only gets worse over time. Look for large dents or cracks in the shingles, loose or missing shingles, cracked caulk, loose flashing, or issues with chimney bricks. If you find a problem, call a professional roofing company to do a thorough inspection and repair job.
- While you have the ladder out to look over your roof, inspect your gutters, also. Clear out any leaves that have gathered in there over the last few months and insure that the downspouts are free and clear. This way, winter rains and melting ice can be carried away from your home.
- Trim away any tree branches that rub up against your roof. This includes ones that may not be currently touching the home, but branches that would make contact with the house if wind or ice caused them to do so.
- Insulate your outside water pipes. Unhook your water hoses and attach insulated spigot covers to the outside faucet. Any water pipe that may be exposed to the elements (such as pipes in the garage or crawlspace), should be wrapped with rubber, foam, or fiberglass sleeves.
- Have your furnace checked out and cleaned professionally. It is a good idea to have this done annually anyway. Also, do not forget to change all of your air filters monthly.
- Have your water heater inspected and flushed.
- If you use a wood-burning fireplace, have your chimney inspected and cleaned.
- Make sure your home has the proper amount of insulation in its walls and attic space. This will keep the heat in and the cold out, not to mention cut down on your energy use to heat the home.
- Check the weather-stripping around the exterior doors of your home. If you can feel any type of draft or see some light coming through the edges, it is time for new weather-stripping to keep the elements out. For homes with older windows, inspect those to see if weather-stripping is needed, as well.
- Consider installing storm windows over older windows, or better yet, replacing them with new energy-efficient windows.
- Another energy saving tip is to make sure you reverse your ceiling fans. The fans’ blades should be turning clockwise in the winter to push the warmer air downward. (They should spin counter-clockwise in the summer to cool the warm air above.)
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