Texas isn’t Chicago when it comes to feeling the endless cold of winter, but, we do have the occasional Southern snow days. If you aren’t prepared for these moments of frigid temperature drops, you can cost yourself a pretty penny caused by freeze damages and inflated heating bills. We’ve included a few tips for you to better protect your homes in this article, and, we hope you leave us some comments with your own advice for the winter. Enjoy!
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
If possible, run your fan blades clockwise. An updraft will help you keep the heated air from rising to the ceilings. If you don’t have a remote switch, use a ladder to get to the small toggle on the fan body.
Visit the Roof
Check for missing shingles and get those fall leaves and pine needles off. Make sure you clean out your gutters too.
Get a Door Sweep
Keep the cold out from under your exterior doors with a flexible piece of rubber or plastic that will seal the cold air out.
Check Your Attic
Sealing gaps in your attack is a surefire way to keep the hot air in and the cold air out. Heating costs can really bubble up when trying compensate for the poor insulation. Friendly Tip: We like use to caulk to fill small gaps here and there. This also works around windows and doors.
Fireplaces Can Be Cold
if you leave the damper open, hot air will escape and cold air will sneak in. Try to remember to shut the flue after your fire has cooled off.
Curtains, Drapes, and Shades… oh my!
Believe it or not, your window coverings provide a surprising amount of insulation! Draw your blinds when you’re out or sleeping to help conserve heat.
Tune Up Your Heating System
Have a technician spruce up your furnace or heat pump. A clean system in good repair can operate at its manufacturer-rated efficiency.
Off Go the Faucets
Water pipes that haven’t been drained can freeze and it will cost you a pretty penny to fix everything when ice causes pipes to burst. Disconnect all your hoses and drain water from your outdoor faucets.
Insulate Your Water Heater and Pipes
Got yourself some extra blankets? Wrap your old water heater to insulate but make sure you work with your utility company as this is for specific heaters only. When you’re done with that move on to your hot water pipes. Snap some foam sleeves on them! You can find pre-slit, flexible foam pipes with hollow cores at hardware stores. Make a note of what dimensions you need and go shopping.
For extended duration of cold temperatures, mow leaves instead of raking them! The pieces will decompose and nourish your lawn over the winter.