Even though I live in the Austin area, it can still get cold here during the winter. You won’t see too many Texans shoveling snow, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take steps to prepare our homes for the winter season.
I’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you prepare your home for winter:
Take Care of your Pipes: No, I don’t mean you need to practice your caroling – I’m talking about your outdoor water pipes and faucets. Drain your hoses, wraps your pipes, and cover your faucets. Do it now, before it gets too cold.
Check your Chimney: You want Santa to make it down easily, right? You also want to make sure everything’s pretty clean up there. A blocked chimney can lead to ventilation problems and is also a fire hazard. Call a professional chimney service if you think you may have an issue. Speaking of which….
Change your Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detector Batteries: Whether you forgot to scuttle the fire or your mother-in-law is burning something in your kitchen, you want to be sure your family is protected. Just be careful on those ladders.
Seal your Windows: You wouldn’t leave your door wide open and let all of that expensive heat out, would you? Then don’t do it with your windows either. Storm windows work well here, but you can always use caulk and weather stripping where needed.
Check your Heating System: You really, really don’t want this to go out during an ice storm. If you haven’t had your system checked in a while, do it soon before you find out about problems the hard (and very cold) way. It’s also a good idea to…
Clean your Air Ducts: You move from air conditioning to heating, plus running the fireplace. You want to make sure you get all of the warmth in your home and none of the dust particles. Keep those unwanted guests out of your living room!
I hope this helps – stay warm this winter!