This morning schools and businesses had to start late due to a winter weather advisory in which there was falling precipitation with below freezing temperatures. Next week, the meteorologists are expecting a hard freeze in which temperatures will drop into the 20’s in the middle of the night. No, I didn’t move to North Dakota. I still live in Texas. Yes! Occasionally it will get downright cold here and we do need to protect our homes. If you’ve been following my blogs at all you’ve read it before…Your home is probably your biggest investment. So, let’s take a little time to make sure it is ready for these cold temperatures.
We don’t get a lot of cold in Texas but we still need to prepare. Just like you bundle up in a coat and gloves before going out in the cold, we need to bundle up our homes. Here are a few simple tips to make sure your house is ready for the 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.
- 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 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!
Stay Warm My Friends!
With just a little bit of time and energy you can have your home in tip-top shape and ready for the winter. I hope these tips help. As Jack Frost is nipping at everyone’s nose outside, you can be inside snuggled by a fire enjoying a hot chocolate in the warmth of your home knowing that you have taken care of your investment.