This year, we’ve seen a lot of proof that you never quite know what to expect with Texas weather. Winter is almost here, which means you can expect chilly weather, sun, snow, sleet, rain, or almost anything…even our morning news programs don’t always know what to predict!
Prepare your home for a Texas winter. Make sure it’s ready for anything! Today, we offer tips and tricks for keeping your home safe and comfortable. Contact our team for more information about keeping your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) equipment running smoothly.
Clean Out the Gutters
First, it’s important to clean out the gutters of loose leaves and dirt to restore proper drainage to the pipes. The blockage could allow for water to backup and leak into your home, or else to damage the exterior of the building. Clogged gutters can also lead to an insect or critter infiltration, especially as they seek refuge from the winter weather.
While you’re at it, have a roofer inspect the roof, or do it yourself if you feel confident searching for any potential points of leakage. Loose shingles should be repaired as well as any other points of concern.
Seal Air Leaks
Around the home, it’s a good idea to check for air leaks that could interfere with comfortable, efficient heating. Commonly, you’ll find these leaks around the windows, doors, and any pipes that lead outside or other outside connections.
Air leaks can interfere with your ability to heat or cool your home. Heat can move into your home in the summer. For a Texas winter, you’re more concerned about heat moving out, which is why you should look into caulking and weather stripping, as well as quality insulation.
Add More Insulation
Even if you already have insulation throughout the home, you can probably benefit from more of it. Most homes are not insulated enough, and existing insulation may be so aged it has started to disintegrate. Insulating the attic helps to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, and it can even prevent ice dams.
Change Air Filters
Before the season really picks up, be sure to change any air filters around the home. You should be doing this every few months anyway! Clogged air filters cause your heating system to malfunction, as they block airflow and prevent the components of the heater from doing their job.
Call in Heating Technicians
The best way to prepare your heating system for the winter is to call in a heating technician for a tune-up. Preventative maintenance allows a technician to get a good look at your heater during an inspection and to make a few adjustments that make the heater run as efficiently as possible. They may let you know about performance or safety issues that require repair, but that way you’ll know your heater is running as smoothly as possible.